California condor
Condor Con"dor (k[o^]n"d[o^]r; in defs. 2 & 3, k[-o]n"d[-o]r), n. [Sp. condor, fr. Peruvian cuntur.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A very large bird of the Vulture family ({Sarcorhamphus gryphus}), found in the most elevated parts of the Andes. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The California vulture ({Gymnogyps californianus}), also called {California condor}. [Local, U. S.]

Note: In the late 20th century it is classed as an endangered species. The California condor used to number in the thousands and ranged along the entire west coast of the United States. By 1982 only 21 to 24 individuals could be identified in the wild. A breeding program was instituted, and by 1996 over 50 birds were alive in captivity. As of 1997, fewer than ten of the bred birds had been reintroduced into the wild. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

3. A gold coin of Chile, bearing the figure of a condor, and equal to twenty pesos. It contains 10.98356 grams of gold, and is equivalent to about $7.29. Called also {colon}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. A gold coin of Colombia equivalent to about $9.65. It is no longer coined. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • California condor — Cal i*for ni*a con dor (Zo[ o]l.) a large vulture ({Gymnogyps californianus}), also called {California vulture}. Note: In the late 20th century it is classed as an endangered species. The California condor used to number in the thousands and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • California Condor — Taxobox name = California Condor fossil range = Early Pleistocene to Recent status = CR status system = iucn3.1 status ref = trend = down image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Incertae sedis (disputed)… …   Wikipedia

  • California condor — noun North American condor; chiefly dull black; almost extinct • Syn: ↑Gymnogyps californianus • Hypernyms: ↑condor * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized 1st C : a very large nearly extinct No. American vulture (Gymnogyps californianus) …   Useful english dictionary

  • California condor — kaliforninis kondoras statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Gymnogyps californianus; Vultur californianus angl. California condor vok. Kalifornischer Kondor, m rus. калифорнийский кондор, m pranc. condor de Californie, m ryšiai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • California condor — noun Etymology: California, state of United States Date: 1855 a large nearly extinct vulture (Gymnogyps californianus) found most recently in the mountains of southern California that is related to the condor of South America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • California condor. — See under condor (def. 1). [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • California condor — Cal′ifor′nia con′dor n. orn See under condor 1) • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • California condor. — See under condor (def. 1). [1825 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • California Condor — noun A North American New World vulture and the largest North American land bird. Scientific name Gymnogyps californianus …   Wiktionary

  • Condor (disambiguation) — Condor is the common name for two species of birds: Vultur gryphus (Vultur) the Andean condor Gymnogyps californianus (Gymnogyps), the California condor Condor may also refer to: Contents 1 Civil aviation 2 …   Wikipedia

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