nounWord forms: plural ˈgannets or ˈgannet
any of a genus (Morus, family Sulidae) of pelecaniform birds; esp., a white, gooselike, web-footed bird (M. bassanus) that breeds on cliffs along the N Atlantic coasts
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Word origin of 'gannet'
< OE ganot
, solan goose, lit., a gander, akin to Du gent
, OHG ganazzo
, gander: for IE base see goose