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Any of several fish-eating diving birds of the genus Gavia of northern regions, having a short tail, webbed feet, and a laughlike cry.
[Perhaps alteration of dialectal loom, guillemot, diver, from Old Norse lōmr.]
A person who is foolish or crazy.
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(Animals) the US and Canadian name for diver3
[C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse lōmr]
1. informal a simple-minded or stupid person
2. dialect Northeast Scot a lad
3. (Historical Terms) archaic a person of low rank or occupation (esp in the phrase lord and loon)
[C15: origin obscure]
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any of several large, ducklike diving birds of the order Gaviiformes, nesting along fresh water in colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
[1625–35; appar. alter. of dial. loom < Old Norse lōmr]
a crazy or simple-minded person.
[1400–50; late Middle English lowen, perhaps < Old Norse lūinn worn, tired]
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|Noun||1.||loon - a worthless lazy fellow|
|2.||loon - large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes|
gaviiform seabird - seabirds of the order Gaviiformes
|3.||loon - a person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought|
misfit - someone unable to adapt to their circumstances
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1. (= fool) → bobo/a m/f
2. (= bird) → somorjugo m
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