Gannet
Gannet Gan"net, n. [OE. gant, AS. ganet, ganot, a sea fowl, a fen duck; akin to D. gent gander, OHG. ganazzo. See {Gander}, {Goose}.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of sea birds of the genus {Sula}, allied to the pelicans. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common gannet of Europe and America ({Sula bassana}), is also called {solan goose}, {chandel goose}, and {gentleman}. In Florida the wood ibis is commonly called gannet. [1913 Webster]

{Booby gannet}. See {Sula}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , (Sula bassana)


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  • gannet — O.E. ganot gannet, sea bird, water fowl, from P.Gmc. *ganito (Cf. Du. gent, M.H.G. ganiz, O.H.G. ganazzo), from PIE *ghans (see GOOSE (Cf. goose)). O.Fr. gante is from Germanic …   Etymology dictionary

  • gannet — [gan′it] n. pl. gannets or gannet [ME ganat < OE ganot, solan goose, lit., a gander, akin to Du gent, OHG ganazzo, gander: for IE base see GOOSE] any of a genus (Morus, family Sulidae) of pelecaniform birds; esp., a white, gooselike, web… …   English World dictionary

  • Gannet — Gannet, so v.w. Bassansgans …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • gannet — ► NOUN 1) a large seabird with mainly white plumage, catching fish by plunge diving. 2) Brit. informal a greedy person. ORIGIN Old English, related to GANDER(Cf. ↑gander) …   English terms dictionary

  • Gannet — For other uses, see Gannet (disambiguation). Gannet Northern Gannets on Heligoland, a small German archipelago in the North Sea Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • Gannet — Gannett oder Gannet hat verschiedene Bedeutungen: Gannett Peak, der höchste Punkt in Wyoming Fairey Gannet, ein britisches Kampfflugzeug Gannett Company, Inc., ein US amerikanischer Medienkonzern Frank E. Gannett, Gründer des Gannett… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gannet — /gan it/, n. 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. [bef. 900; ME; OE ganot; akin to D gent GANDER] * * * Any of three… …   Universalium

  • gannet — [OE] The gannet used to be known dialectally as the solan goose (solan was a compound formed in the 15th century from Old Norse súla ‘gannet’ and önd ‘duck’), and in fact the name gannet too reveals a perceived similarity between the gannet and… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gannet — [OE] The gannet used to be known dialectally as the solan goose (solan was a compound formed in the 15th century from Old Norse súla ‘gannet’ and önd ‘duck’), and in fact the name gannet too reveals a perceived similarity between the gannet and… …   Word origins

  • gannet — /ˈgænət / (say ganuht) noun any of three large pelagic birds of the family Sulidae, as the cape gannet, Morus capensis, found in oceans off southern Africa. See Australasian gannet, northern gannet. {Middle English and Old English ganet, related… …   Australian English dictionary

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