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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
"eagle's nest," 1580s (attested in Anglo-L. from early 13c.), from O.Fr. aire, from L.L. area "nest of a bird of prey," perhaps from L. area "level ground, garden bed," though some doubt this. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from M.E. ey "egg."
eyrie
see aerie.
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