Definitions for lammergeierˈlæm ərˌgaɪ ər, -ˌgaɪər
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lam•mer•gei•erˈlæm ərˌgaɪ ər, -ˌgaɪər(n.)
or lam•mer•gey•er or lam•mer•geir
a large, eaglelike Eurasian vulture, Gypaëtus barbatus, with a tuft of bristlelike feathers below the bill.
Origin of lammergeier:
1810–20; < G Lӓmmergeier=Lӓmmer, pl. of Lammlamb+Geier vulture
bearded vulture, lammergeier, lammergeyer, Gypaetus barbatus(noun)
the largest Eurasian bird of prey; having black feathers hanging around the bill
A long-winged vulture, Gypaetus barbatus, found in southern Europe, Africa and India.
Origin: From Lämmergeier, from Lämmer plural of Lamm + Geier.
a very large vulture (Gypaetus 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