secretary bird



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

Nearby words

  1. secretagogue,
  2. secretaire,
  3. secretarial,
  4. secretariat,
  5. secretary,
  6. secretary of defense,
  7. secretary of state,
  8. secretary-general,
  9. secrete,
  10. secretin

Origin of secretary bird

1790–1800; < French secrétaire, perhaps by folk etymology < Sudanese Arabic ṣagr al-ṭēr, equivalent to ṣagr hawk + al the + ṭēr birds (collective) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for secretary bird

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)

Word Origin for secretary bird

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

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