large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish
any of three species of large seabird in the genus Morus, of the family Sulidae. They have black and white bodies and long pointed wings, and hunt for fish by plunge diving and pursuing their prey underwater.
a voracious eater; a glutton.
a person who flocks towards food whenever it is put out.
Origin: ganot, from ganataz. Cognate with Dutch gent.
one of several species of sea birds of the genus Sula, allied to the pelicans
Origin: [OE. gant, AS. ganet, ganot, a sea fowl, a fen duck; akin to D. gent gander, OHG. ganazzo. See Gander, Goose.]
Gannets are seabirds comprising the genus Morus, in the family Sulidae, closely related to boobies. The gannets are large black and white birds with yellow heads; long, pointed wings; and long bills. Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic, with a wingspan of up to 2 metres. The other two species occur in the temperate seas around southern Africa, southern Australia and New Zealand. Gannets hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater. Gannets have a number of adaptations which enable them to do this: ⁕they have no external nostrils, they are located inside the mouth instead; ⁕they have air sacs in their face and chest under their skin which act like bubble wrapping, cushioning the impact with the water; ⁕their eyes are positioned far enough forward on their face to give them binocular vision, allowing them to judge distances accurately. Gannets can dive from a height of 30 metres, achieving speeds of 100 km/h as they strike the water, enabling them to catch fish much deeper than most airborne birds. The gannet's supposed capacity for eating large quantities of fish has led to "gannet" becoming a disapproving description of somebody who eats excessively, similar to "glutton".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gan′et, n. a web-footed fowl found in the northern seas, the best-known of which is the solan goose. [A.S. ganot, a sea-fowl; Dut. gent.]
The numerical value of gannet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of gannet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- mascarellCatalan, Valencian
- Basstölpel, TölpelGerman
- fou de BassanFrench
- guga, sùlaireScottish Gaelic
- timmikKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- karake, tākapuMāori
- taahilnoodiiNavajo, Navaho
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