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[kon-der, -dawr] /ˈkɒn dər, -dɔr/
either of two large, New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, Gymnogyps californianus (California condor) or Vultur gryphus (Andean condor) the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere: the California condor is almost extinct; the Andean condor is greatly reduced in number and rare in many areas.
a former coin of Chile equal to 10 pesos.
a former coin of Ecuador equal to 10 sucres.
Origin of condor
1595-1605; < Spanish < American Spanish < Quechua kuntur Unabridged
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  • She was confident that by this time he had heard through Mrs. condor of her mother's illness and her loss of position.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • It is the condor, the largest of the vulture tribe; the monarch of the birds of that region.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The weight of the humming-bird is one drachm, that of the condor not less than four stone.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • The condor, when in full plumage, might be called a black-and-white bird.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • The condor, which inhabits the higher Cordilleras, is peculiar to the whole Andean region, and is the largest of the Raptores.

  • The condor, however, is one of the most ravenous of his species.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • He hoped again that Mrs. condor's desire to see him had to do with Claire—more particularly with her dismissal as accompanist.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • For I knew that I could both fight and tell lies, besides defying the condor.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The condor thoughtfully stretched his wings as he considered how to explain this to the children.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I hope there will be no more ill-feeling between us, condor,' he said.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for condor


either of two very large rare New World vultures, Vultur gryphus (Andean condor), which has black plumage with white around the neck, and Gymnogyps californianus (California condor), which is similar but nearly extinct
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish cóndor, from Quechuan kuntur
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Word Origin and History for condor

c.1600, from American Spanish, from Quechua cuntur, the native name for the bird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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