secretary bird

secretary bird

noun
a large, long-legged, raptorial bird, Sagittarius serpentarius, of Africa, that feeds on reptiles.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French secrétaire, perhaps by folk etymology < Sudanese Arabic ṣagr al-ṭēr, equivalent to ṣagr hawk + al the + ṭēr birds (collective)

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secretary bird
 
n
a large African long-legged diurnal bird of prey, Sagittarius serpentarius, having a crest and tail of long feathers and feeding chiefly on snakes: family Sagittariidae, order Falconiformes (hawks, falcons, etc)
 
[C18: so called because its crest resembles a group of quill pens stuck behind the ear]

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