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gan•net  (ganit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsany 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; Middle English; Old English ganot; akin to Dutch gent gander


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gannet /ˈɡænɪt/ n
  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
  2. slang a gluttonous or greedy person
Etymology: Old English ganot; related to Old High German gannazzo gander



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