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secretary bird

a large, long-legged, raptorial bird, Sagittarius serpentarius, of Africa, that feeds on reptiles.
Origin of secretary bird
Sudanese Arabic
1790-1800; < French secrétaire, perhaps by folk etymology < Sudanese Arabic ṣagr al-ṭēr, equivalent to ṣagr hawk + al the + ṭēr birds (collective) Unabridged
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secretary bird

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)
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C18: so called because its crest resembles a group of quill pens stuck behind the ear
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