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California condor

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  1. See under condor(def 1).
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Origin of California condor

First recorded in 1825–35


[kon-der, -dawr]
  1. either of two large, New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, Gymnogyps californianus (California condor) or Vultur gryphus (Andean condor), the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere: the California condor is almost extinct; the Andean condor is greatly reduced in number and rare in many areas.
  2. a former coin of Chile equal to 10 pesos.
  3. a former coin of Ecuador equal to 10 sucres.
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Origin of condor

1595–1605; < Spanish < American Spanish < Quechua kuntur
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British Dictionary definitions for california condor


  1. either of two very large rare New World vultures, Vultur gryphus (Andean condor), which has black plumage with white around the neck, and Gymnogyps californianus (California condor), which is similar but nearly extinct
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish cóndor, from Quechuan kuntur
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Word Origin and History for california condor



c.1600, from American Spanish, from Quechua cuntur, the native name for the bird.

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