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eyrie

or eyry

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun, plural eyries.
1.

aerie

or aery

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun, plural aeries.
1.
the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
2.
a lofty nest of any large bird.
3.
a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
4.
an apartment or office on a high floor in a high-rise building:
a penthouse aerie with a spectacular view.
5.
Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
Also, eyrie, eyry.
Origin of aerie
1575-1585
1575-85; < Anglo-French, Old French airie, equivalent to aire (< Latin ager field, presumably “nest” in Vulgar Latin; see acre) + ie -y3; compare Medieval Latin aerea, aeria “aerie, brood” < Old French aire
Can be confused
aerie, airy.
aerie, eerie, Erie.
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Examples from the Web for eyries
Historical Examples
  • The eagles have been dislodged from their eyries on Eagle Crag.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End Katharine Lee Bates
  • No, owls and impure birds do not make their nests in the eyries of eagles.

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • The birds went back to their eyries, and the troubled water was still.

    King Alfred's Viking Charles W. Whistler
  • Some of their eyries appeared absolutely inaccessible to any creature unendowed with wings.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • Flanked by sheer precipices, it was reached only by two narrow paths enfiladed by watch-towers, eyries, and batteries of boulders.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Their tops, now inaccessible, are to be the future eyries of self-crowned railroad nobs and rude bonanza barons.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • Three of these eyries were situate on abrupt, detached stacks of rock, so easily accessible that we almost "walked" into them.

  • The victorious eagles of the victorious legions had flown to their eyries forever.

  • Gray and Sir Humphrey Davy watched the eagles in their eyries, and the former tells how he saw them robbed of their young.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The farmers and dalesmen were always careful to plunder the eyries, but not without considerable risk to life and limb.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for eyries

aerie

/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

eyrie

/ˈɪərɪ; ˈɛərɪ; ˈaɪərɪ/
noun
1.
the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
2.
the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
3.
any high isolated position or place
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest
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Word Origin and History for eyries

eyrie

see aerie.

aerie

n.

"eagle's nest," 1580s (attested in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French aire "nest," Medieval Latin area "nest of a bird of prey" (12c.), perhaps from Latin area "level ground, garden bed" [Littré], though some doubt this [Klein]. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from Middle English ey "egg."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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