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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cor·mo·rant /ˈkɔrmrənt, ˈkɔrmə, ˈkɔrməˌrænt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cor·mo·rant n.
 1. Zool. 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.]
 2. A voracious eater; a glutton, or gluttonous servant.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : large voracious dark-colored long-necked seabird with a
          distensible pouch for holding fish; used in Asia to catch
          fish [syn: Phalacrocorax carbo]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:17), Heb. shalak, "plunging," or "darting
    down," (the Phalacrocorax carbo), ranked among the "unclean"
    birds; of the same family group as the pelican. It is a
    "plunging" bird, and is common on the coasts and the island seas
    of Palestine. Some think the Hebrew word should be rendered
    "gannet" (Sula bassana, "the solan goose"); others that it is
    the "tern" or "sea swallow," which also frequents the coasts of
    Palestine as well as the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan valley
    during several months of the year. But there is no reason to
    depart from the ordinary rendering.
      In Isa. 34:11, Zeph. 2:14 (but in R.V., "pelican") the Hebrew
    word rendered by this name is _ka'ath_. It is translated
    "pelican" (q.v.) in Ps. 102:6. The word literally means the
    "vomiter," and the pelican is so called from its vomiting the
    shells and other things which it has voraciously swallowed. (See PELICAN.)