Eagle vulture
Eagle Ea"gle, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark-colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. {Aquiline}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera {Aquila} and {Hali[ae]etus}. The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted species are the golden eagle ({Aquila chrysa["e]tus}); the imperial eagle of Europe ({Aquila mogilnik} or {Aquila imperialis}); the American bald eagle ({Hali[ae]etus leucocephalus}); the European sea eagle ({Hali[ae]etus albicilla}); and the great harpy eagle ({Thrasaetus harpyia}). The figure of the eagle, as the king of birds, is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and also for standards and emblematic devices. See {Bald eagle}, {Harpy}, and {Golden eagle}. [1913 Webster]

2. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten dollars. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astron.) A northern constellation, containing Altair, a star of the first magnitude. See {Aquila}. [1913 Webster]

4. The figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or standard of any people. [1913 Webster]

Though the Roman eagle shadow thee. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Note: Some modern nations, as the United States, and France under the Bonapartes, have adopted the eagle as their national emblem. Russia, Austria, and Prussia have for an emblem a double-headed eagle. [1913 Webster]

{Bald eagle}. See {Bald eagle}.

{Bold eagle}. See under {Bold}.

{Double eagle}, a gold coin of the United States worth twenty dollars.

{Eagle hawk} (Zo["o]l.), a large, crested, South American hawk of the genus {Morphnus}.

{Eagle owl} (Zo["o]l.), any large owl of the genus {Bubo}, and allied genera; as the American great horned owl ({Bubo Virginianus}), and the allied European species ({B. maximus}). See {Horned owl}.

{Eagle ray} (Zo["o]l.), any large species of ray of the genus {Myliobatis} (esp. {M. aquila}).

{Eagle vulture} (Zo["o]l.), a large West African bid ({Gypohierax Angolensis}), intermediate, in several respects, between the eagles and vultures. [1913 Webster]


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  • eagle vulture — noun : a large black and white western African bird (Gypohierax angolensis) intermediate in some characters between eagles and vultures and feeding on the fruit of oil palms and on carrion (as fish) called also vulturine sea eagle * * * eagle… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Eagle — Ea gle, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. {Aquiline}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera {Aquila} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eagle hawk — Eagle Ea gle, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. {Aquiline}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera {Aquila}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eagle owl — Eagle Ea gle, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. {Aquiline}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera {Aquila}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eagle ray — Eagle Ea gle, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. {Aquiline}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera {Aquila}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • EAGLE — EAGLE, bird of prey of the genus Aquila, in particular the Aquila chrysaetos, the largest of the birds of prey. The eagle has been identified by the translators of the Bible with the biblical nesher, rendered by the Septuagint as aetos and by the …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • eagle — /ee geuhl/, n., v., eagled, eagling. n. 1. any of several large, soaring birds of prey belonging to the hawk family Accipitridae, noted for their size, strength, and powers of flight and vision: formerly widespread in North America, eagles are… …   Universalium

  • vulture — vulturelike, adj. /vul cheuhr/, n. 1. any of several large, primarily carrion eating Old World birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, often having a naked head and less powerful feet than those of the related hawks and eagles. 2. any of… …   Universalium

  • Vulture — Taxobox name = Vultures image caption = Griffon vulture, Gyps fulvus image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves subdivision ranks = Families subdivision = Accipitridae (Aegypiinae) CathartidaeVultures are scavenging… …   Wikipedia

  • Eagle —    (Herb. nesher; properly the griffon vulture or great vulture, so called from its tearing its prey with its beak), referred to for its swiftness of flight (Deut. 28:49; 2 Sam. 1:23), its mounting high in the air (Job 39:27), its strength (Ps.… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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