Neophron

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Neophron a genus of Accipitridae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n neophron A genus of Old World vultures, technically characterized by the horizontal nostrils, and typified by the Egyptian vulture. Neophron percnopterus. This celebrated bird is about 2 feet long, and when adult is white, with black primaries, and rusty-yellowish neck-hackles extending up the occiput; the head is bare, with scanty down on the throat and a few loral feathers; the bill is horn-brown; the feet are whitish, and the irides reddish. The young are blackish-brown varied with fulvous. The bird is widely distributed in countries bordering the Mediterranean, and thence to Persia, India, and South Africa. One of its many names is rachamah, used by Bruce in 1790, but subsequently applied (in the New Latin form Racama) to the Angola vulture, Gypohierax, angolensis, which is a very different bird. N. ginginianus is a second species of the genus, closely resembling the foregoing, found in India; N. monachus and N. pileatus are both African and much alike, but quite different from the others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Neophron nē′ō-fron a genus of vultures, having horizontal nostrils.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—neos, new, phren, mind.

Usage

In literature:

Cathartes perenopterus and Neophron Niger are less frequent, and always solitary.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
In Andalucia, as in Eastern Europe, the Neophron occasionally nests upon trees.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
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