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gannet

[gan-it] /ˈgæn ɪt/
noun
1.
any large, web-footed, seabird of the family Sulidae, having a sharply pointed bill, long wings, and a wedge-shaped tail, noted for its plunging dives for fish.
Origin of gannet
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English ganot; akin to Dutch gent gander
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  • And in the gannet, which drops into the sea from a great height after fish, these air-bags lessen the shock on striking the water.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • The gannet took two or three more prizes, and sent them into Jamaica.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • But how will the gannet get on without her boatswain, Mr Pringle?

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was evident that the gannet herself could do nothing to assist her prize.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • I drew all day at an adult gannet which we brought from the great rock of which I have spoken; it was still in good order.

  • The earl was conducted to a sitting-room, where Dr. gannet left him for a while.

  • On the coast itself; there were the usual sea-birds—the gannet and the sea-gull—and fish in abundance.

  • Like the Albatross, the gannet may almost be said to live in the air.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It is a great breeding ground for gannet, with which, during the breeding season, its sides are white as the waves below.

    The Sunny Side of Ireland John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
  • Their nests were similar to those of the gannet above mentioned.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
British Dictionary definitions for gannet

gannet

/ˈɡænɪt/
noun
1.
any of several heavily built marine birds of the genus Morus (or Sula), having a long stout bill and typically white plumage with dark markings: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc) See also booby (sense 3)
2.
(slang) a gluttonous or greedy person
Word Origin
Old English ganot; related to Old High German gannazzo gander
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Word Origin and History for gannet
n.

Old English ganot "gannet, sea-bird, water fowl," from Proto-Germanic *ganito (cf. Dutch gent, Middle High German ganiz, Old High German ganazzo), from PIE *ghans- (see goose). Old French gante is from Germanic.

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