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.

before 900; Middle English; Old English ganot; akin to Dutch gent gander Unabridged
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gannet (ˈɡænɪt)
1.  See also booby 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)
2.  slang a gluttonous or greedy person
[Old English ganot; related to Old High German gannazzo gander]

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It is the largest gannet-nesting colony in the world.
The former is a species of gannet, and the latter a tern.
In spite of its hostile environment, the island is host to a number of bird species including a gannet colony.
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