Brent goose

brant

[brant]
noun, plural brants (especially collectively) brant.
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:
1535–45; short for brantgoose, brentgoose; akin to Old Norse brandgās, German Brandgans

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brent

[brent]
noun Chiefly British.
Also called brent goose.
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brant (brænt)
 
n , pl brants, brant
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): brent goose a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regions

Brent (brɛnt)
 
n
a borough of NW Greater London. Pop: 267 800 (2003 est). Area: 44 sq km (17 sq miles)

brent goose (brɛnt)
 
n
brent, Also called: brant a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regions
 
[C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse brandgās sheldrake]

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brent goose

(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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