lammergeier

or lam·mer·gey·er, lam·mer·geir

[ lam-er-gahy-er, -gahyuh r ]
/ ˈlæm ərˌgaɪ ər, -ˌgaɪər /

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.

Origin of lammergeier

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)
Also called bearded vulture.
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British Dictionary definitions for bearded vulture (1 of 2)

bearded vulture


noun

another name for lammergeier

British Dictionary definitions for bearded vulture (2 of 2)

lammergeier

lammergeyer

/ (ˈlæməˌɡaɪə) /

noun

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)Also called: bearded vulture (archaic): ossifrage

Word Origin for lammergeier

C19: from German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture
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