sea ravens
Cormorant Cor"mo*rant (k[^o]r"m[-o]*rant), n. [F. cormoran, fr. Armor. m[=o]r-vran a sea raven; m[=o]r sea + bran raven, with cor, equiv. to L. corvus raven, pleonastically prefixed; or perh. fr. L. corvus marinus sea raven.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of {Phalacrocorax}, a genus of sea birds having a sac under the beak; the shag. Cormorants devour fish voraciously, and have become the emblem of gluttony. They are generally black, and hence are called {sea ravens}, and {coalgeese}. [Written also {corvorant}.] [1913 Webster]

2. A voracious eater; a glutton, or gluttonous servant. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]


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