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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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Examples from the web for condor
  • Using condor telemetry records, however, scientists are removing whatever dangers they can.
  • Smaller versions would have only weighed as much as a large eagle or a condor.
  • Its musicians played flutes made of condor and pelican bones in an amphitheater lighted by sacred fires.
  • Biologists monitor their behavior on and off the refuge, and observe condor nesting sites on and adjacent to the refuge.
  • condor dragons are flying reptiles from the forest moon of endor.
  • condor is the name for two species of new world vultures, each in a monotypic genus.
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.

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