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See gannet.

[Middle English soland : Old Norse sūla, gannet + Old Norse önd, duck.]
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(ˈsəʊlən) ,

solan goose



(Animals) an archaic name for the gannet
[C15 soland, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sūla gannet, ōnd duck]
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(ˈsoʊ lən)

a gannet. Also called so′lan goose′.
[1400–50; late Middle English soland < Old Norse sūla gannet + ǫnd duck]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solan - very large white gannet with black wing tipssolan - very large white gannet with black wing tips
gannet - large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish
genus Sula, Sula - type genus of the Sulidae
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References in classic literature ?
"Solan," he was saying, "there is no risk and the reward is great.
"He dare not do that, and you know it full well, Solan," contradicted the black.
"And myself into the bargain," said Solan, with a shudder.
"Yes," muttered Solan, "I have often thought upon that very thing.
Solan opened the pouch and with trembling fingers counted its contents.
Having satisfied himself that the amount was correct, Solan replaced the money in the pouch and rose from the table.
"Quite right, Dator," answered Solan; "and now begone.