jaeger

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]

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