jäger

jager

[yey-ger]
noun
jaeger ( defs 2, 3 ).
Also, jäger.
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jaeger

[yey-ger; for 1 also jey-ger]
noun
1.
any of several rapacious seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that pursue weaker birds to make them drop their prey.
2.
a hunter.
3.
a member of any of several groups of sharpshooters in the German or Austrian army.
Also, jager, jäger, yager (for defs 2, 3).


Origin:
1770–80; < German Jäger hunter, equivalent to jag(en) to hunt + -er -er1

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jaeger (ˈjeɪɡə)
 
n
1.  military a marksman in certain units of the German or Austrian armies
2.  a member of a light or mountain infantry unit in some European armies
3.  (US), (Canadian) any of several skuas of the genus Stercorarius
4.  rare a hunter or hunter's attendant
 
[C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht]

jäger (ˈjeɪɡə)
 
n
See jaeger

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jäger
"German sharpshooter," 1776, from Ger., lit. "huntsman," from jagen "to hunt," from O.H.G. jagon, related to O.Fris. jagia, Du. jagen "to hunt," O.N. jaga "to drive, to move to and fro" (see yacht). Applied to riflemen and sharpshooters in the German and Austrian armies.
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