lammergeier

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lammergeier the largest Eurasian bird of prey; having black feathers hanging around the bill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lammergeier (Zoöl) A very large vulture (Gypaëtus barbatus), which inhabits the mountains of Southern Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. When full-grown it is nine or ten feet in extent of wings. It is brownish black above, with the under parts and neck rusty yellow; the forehead and crown white; the sides of the head and beard black. It feeds partly on carrion and partly on small animals, which it kills. It has the habit of carrying tortoises and marrow bones to a great height, and dropping them on stones to obtain the contents, and is therefore called bonebreaker and ossifrage. It is supposed to be the ossifrage of the Bible. Called also bearded vulture and bearded eagle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lammergeier A very large diurnal bird of prey, the so-called bearded vulture or griffin of the Alps, Gypaëtus barbatus, of the family Falconidæ, or placed in a separate family Gypaëtidæ (which see). The bird is an eagle of somewhat vulturine habits. It is the largest European bird of prey, about 40 inches long from point of beak to end of tail, the wing from the carpal angle 30 inches, the tail 20. The upper parts are blackish; the head is white, with a black line on each side and tufts of black bristly feathers at the base of the bill; the under parts are tawny. It stoops to carrion like most other eagles, but is also powerful and rapacious enough to destroy chamois, lambs, kids, hares, etc. The bird ranges through the mountains of southern Europe and northeastern Africa, and thence through central Asia to northern China. See cut under Gypaëtus. Also written lammergeir, lemmergeyer, laemmergeyer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lammergeier lam′mėr-gī-ėr the great bearded vulture of the mountains of southern Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. lämmergeier,; lamm, pl. lämmer, lamb + geier, vulture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. lämmergeierlämmer, lambs, geier, vulture.

Usage

In literature:

High up in the darkening heavens the lammergeiers, the winged scavengers of the Himalayas, were gathering.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
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