lammergeyer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lammergeyer the largest Eurasian bird of prey; having black feathers hanging around the bill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n lammergeyer (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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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. lämmergeier,; lamm, pl. lämmer, lamb + geier, vulture

Usage

In literature:

The Grotkau's got all the freight that might ha' been ours an' the Lammergeyer's.
"The Day's Work, Volume 1" by Rudyard Kipling
The lammergeyer is quite content to make a meal of offal, old bones, or other refuse.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
To the Lammergeyer tradition has assigned some romantic attributes, and a character of wondrous dash and daring.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
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In poetry:

The hunter peers from a stony jag:
Halloo!
A Lammergeyer unfurls the flag
Of vans, that shadow all the crag!
He shouts! death hovers! hurls him down below!
Halloo! halloo!
"Alpine Hunter's Song" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel