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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Definitions for aerie

  1. The bird's nest built on a lofty place, such as a cliff or mountaintop.
  2. A dwelling or stronghold located in a lofty place.

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Citations for aerie
The sun is beating down on the Braes of Balquhidder, at the fringes of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, as three of us, each trying to ignore a halo of midges, are peering through binoculars, surveying a cleft in a rock face where an untidy rickle of twigs indicates a golden eagle's eyrie. Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman
Saunière regaled them with sumptuous banquets and other forms of largess, maintaining the life-style of a medieval potentate presiding over an impregnable mountain domain. In his remote and well-nigh inaccessible aerie he received a number of notable guests. Michael Baigent, Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Origin of aerie
Aerie derives from Medieval Latin aeria, "nest of a bird of prey," perhaps from Latin area, "an open space (for birds of prey like to build their nests on flat and open spaces on the top of high rocks)."