lammergeier(redirected from lammergeyers)
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Related to lammergeyers: Gypaetus
lam·mer·gei·eralso 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).]
(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]