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aerie

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun
1.
the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
2.
a lofty nest of any large bird.
3.
a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
4.
Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
Also, aery, eyrie, eyry.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Anglo-French, Old French airie, equivalent to aire (< Latin ager field, presumably “nest” in Vulgar Latin; see acre) + ie -y3; compare Medieval Latin aerea, aeria aerie, brood < Old French aire
Can be confused
aerie, airy.
aerie, eerie, Erie.

eyrie

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun
1.
Also, eyry.
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British Dictionary definitions for eyry

aerie

/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

eyrie

/ˈɪərɪ; ˈɛərɪ; ˈaɪərɪ/
noun
1.
the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
2.
the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
3.
any high isolated position or place
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest
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Word Origin and History for eyry

aerie

n.

"eagle's nest," 1580s (attested in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French aire "nest," Medieval Latin area "nest of a bird of prey" (12c.), perhaps from Latin area "level ground, garden bed" [Littré], though some doubt this [Klein]. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from Middle English ey "egg."

eyrie

see aerie.

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