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also lam·mer·gey·er  (lăm′ər-gī′ər)
A large vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) found in mountainous regions of southern Europe, Asia, and Africa, having stiff feathers that extend below the beak to form a beard and, unlike other vultures, a feathered head. Also called bearded vulture, ossifrage.

[German Lämmergeier : Lämmer, genitive pl. of Lamm, lamb (from Middle High German lamp, from Old High German lamb) + Geier, vulture (from Middle High German gīr, from Old High German).]


(ˈlæməˌɡaɪə) or


(Animals) a rare vulture, Gypaetus barbatus, of S Europe, Africa, and Asia, with dark wings, a pale breast, and black feathers around the bill: family Accipitridae (hawks). Also called: bearded vulture or ossifrage (archaic)
[C19: from German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture]


or lam•mer•gey•er or lam•mer•geir

(ˈlæm ərˌgaɪ ər, -ˌgaɪər)

a large, eaglelike Eurasian vulture, Gypaëtus barbatus, with a tuft of bristlelike feathers below the bill.
[1810–20; < German Lämmergeier=Lämmer, pl. of Lamm lamb + Geier vulture]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lammergeier - the largest Eurasian bird of preylammergeier - the largest Eurasian bird of prey; having black feathers hanging around the bill
Old World vulture - any of several large vultures of Africa and Eurasia
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An African buffalo trapped under a geothermal steam pipe; a leopard hit and killed by KenGen workers speeding on an access road; a reintroduced Lammergeier vulture killed in a cooling exhauster; breeding of the Ruppell's vulture--the world's highest flying bird--disrupted for years after KenGen drilled a well directly in front of its cliffside breeding area (in violation of its memorandum of understanding with Kenya Wildlife Service); a giraffe that slipped and fell in an unprotected waste brine holding pool.
Sometime, old nest of Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) is used, singly or few pairs scattered on same cliff face (Baker, 1935, Lees and Christie, 2001).
Lackadaisical, Lenten-faced Lammergeier laying lethargic locomotion, lick-for-leather, lightning-before-death lingers.