lammergeir

lammergeier

[lam-er-gahy-er, -gahyuhr]
noun
the largest Eurasian bird of prey, Gypaëtus barbatus, ranging in the mountains from southern Europe to China, having a wingspread of 9 to 10 feet (2.7 to 3 meters) and black feathers hanging from below the bill like a mustache.
Also, lammergeyer, lammergeir.
Also called bearded vulture.


Origin:
1810–20; < German Lämmergeier literally, lambs' vulture (from its preying on lambs), equivalent to Lämmer, plural of Lamm lamb + Geier vulture (cognate with Dutch gier)

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lammergeier or lammergeyer (ˈlæməˌɡaɪə)
 
n
Also called: bearded vulture, (archaic): ossifrage a rare vulture, Gypaetus barbatus, of S Europe, Africa, and Asia, with dark wings, a pale breast, and black feathers around the bill: family Accipitridae (hawks)
 
[C19: from German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture]
 
lammergeyer or lammergeyer
 
n
 
[C19: from German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture]

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