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fol (a type of bird)

English translation: gannet


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French term or phrase:fol (a type of bird)
English translation:gannet
Entered by: thurayya
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20:43 Jun 28, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Zoology / 18th c ms, travelogue, dictated and handwritten
French term or phrase: fol (a type of bird)
Text: "en l'air il y avoit des frégattes, des fols et des goelans"

In Randle Cotgrave's 1611 French-English Dictionary (http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cotgrave/search/451r.html) I have found "a kind of great Canarie bird." However, I do not believe this could be used in modern English. Any ideas?
United States
Local time: 14:29
fou in modern French

They have a reputation for eating a lot don't they?
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Alain Pommet
Local time: 21:29
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3 +4gannet
Alain Pommet



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fou in modern French

They have a reputation for eating a lot don't they?

Alain Pommet
Local time: 21:29
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Asker: Hi again. I guess maybe they do, this text describes them diving to catch flying fish that are traveling in huge schools, and being very acrobatic.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M: That's what I thought too — though it is only instinct!
12 mins
  -> Thanks Tony

agree  Francis MARC: même espèce que le "fou de Bassan"
49 mins
  -> Thanks Francis

agree  John Speese: Yes, and some spp. are also called boobies (i.e., like fou/folle) in English, supposedly because they were easy to hunt.
1 hr
  -> Thanks John - booby sounds good! - I've also seen 'solan-goose' which sounds more poetic.

agree  Cetacea: Yes, gannet and booby are interchangeable, cf. e.g. http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i1170id.html My favorite is the Blue-footed Booby, though.
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