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cormorant (KOR-muhr-uhnt) noun

1. Any of the seabirds of the family Phalacrocoracidae, having a hooked bill with a pouch under it, a long neck and webbed feet.

2. A greedy person.

[Middle English cormeraunt, from Middle French cormorant, from Old French cormareng, from corp, raven + marenc, of the sea, from Latin marinus.]

"The source of these outrages is known, and if they are repeated I have Mr. Holmes's authority for saying that the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant will be given to the public."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger.

This week's theme: words from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writings.


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