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[brant] /brænt/
noun, plural brants (especially collectively) brant.
1.
any of several species of small, dark-colored geese of the genus Branta, especially B. bernicla, breeding in high northern latitudes and migrating south in the autumn.
Also called brant goose; especially British, brent, brent goose.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; short for brantgoose, brentgoose; akin to Old Norse brandgās, German Brandgans
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British Dictionary definitions for brant geese

brant

/brænt/
noun (pl) brants, brant
1.
(US & Canadian) a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regions Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) brent goose
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Encyclopedia Article for brant geese

brant

(Branta bernicla), water bird that resembles small, short-necked forms of the Canada goose but is much darker and, though black-necked and black-headed, lacks white cheeks; instead it has a more or less extensive narrow white neck ring and is "bibbed" like the barnacle goose. It breeds in the Arctic and winters southward into Eurasia and North America. See also barnacle goose.

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