Booby gannet. See Sula.

(||Gan`o*ceph"a*la) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. brightness + head.] (Paleon.) A group of fossil amphibians allied to the labyrinthodonts, having the head defended by bony, sculptured plates, as in some ganoid fishes.

(Gan`o*ceph"a*lous) a. (Paleon.) Of or pertaining to the Ganocephala.

(Ga"noid) a. [Gr. brightness + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to Ganoidei. — n. One of the Ganoidei.

Ganoid scale(Zoöl.), one kind of scales of the ganoid fishes, composed of an inner layer of bone, and an outer layer of shining enamel. They are often so arranged as to form a coat of mail.

(Ga*noid"al) a. (Zoöl.) Ganoid.

(||Ga*noi"de*i) n. pl. [NL. See Ganoid.] (Zoöl.) One of the subclasses of fishes. They have an arterial cone and bulb, spiral intestinal valve, and the optic nerves united by a chiasma. Many of the species are covered with bony plates, or with ganoid scales; others have cycloid scales.

They were numerous, and some of them of large size, in early geological periods; but they are represented by comparatively few living species, most of which inhabit fresh waters, as the bowfin, gar pike, bichir, Ceratodus, paddle fish, and sturgeon.

(Ga*noid"i*an) a. & n. (Zoöl.) Ganoid.

(Ga"no*ine) n. (Zoöl.) A peculiar bony tissue beneath the enamel of a ganoid scale.

(Gan"sa) n. Same as Ganza. Bp. Hall.

(Gant"let) n. [Gantlet is corrupted fr. gantlope; gantlope is for gatelope, Sw. gatlopp, orig., a running down a lane; gata street, lane + lopp course, career, akin to löpa to run. See Gate a way, and Leap.] A military punishment formerly in use, wherein the offender was made to run between two files of men facing one another, who struck him as he passed.

To run the gantlet, to suffer the punishment of the gantlet; hence, to go through the ordeal of severe criticism or controversy, or ill-treatment at many hands.

Winthrop ran the gantlet of daily slights.

Written also, but less properly, gauntlet.

(Gan"is*ter Gan"nis*ter), n. (Mech.) A refractory material consisting of crushed or ground siliceous stone, mixed with fire clay; — used for lining Bessemer converters; also used for macadamizing roads.

(Gan"ja) n. [Hind. ganjha.] The dried hemp plant, used in India for smoking. It is extremely narcotic and intoxicating.

(Gan"net) n. [OE. gant, AS. ganet, ganot, a sea fowl, a fen duck; akin to D. gent gander, OHG. ganazzo. See Gander, Goose.] (Zoöl.) One of several species of sea birds of the genus Sula, allied to the pelicans.

The common gannet of Europe and America (S. bassana), is also called solan goose, chandel goose, and gentleman. In Florida the wood ibis is commonly called gannet.

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