Lammergeir Lam"mer*geir (l[a^]m"m[~e]r*g[imac]r), Lammergeier Lam"mer*gei`er, lammergeyer lam"mer*gey`er (l[a^]m"m[~e]r*g[imac]`[~e]r), n. [G. l["a]mmergeier; lamm, pl. l["a]mmer, lamb + geier vulture.] (Zo["o]l.) A very large vulture ({Gypa["e]tus 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}. [1913 Webster]

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  • lammergeier — or lammergeyer [lam′ər gī΄ər] n. [Ger lämmergeier < lämmer, pl. of lamm, LAMB + geier, vulture, akin to gier, greed < IE base * ghī , var. of ghē > GAPE] a very large Old World vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) with grayish black plumage… …   English World dictionary

  • Lämmergeier — Lämmergeier, s. Bartgeier …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Lämmergeier — Lämmergeier, s. Bartgeier …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Lämmergeier — Lämmergeier, s. Bartgeier [Abb. 172] …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • lammergeier — (also lammergeyer) ► NOUN ▪ a long winged, long tailed vulture, noted for dropping bones to break them and get at the marrow. ORIGIN German, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture …   English terms dictionary

  • Lämmergeier — Bartgeier Bartgeier (Gypaetus barbatus) Systematik Ordnung: Greifvögel (Falconiformes) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lammergeier — /lam euhr guy euhr, guyeur /, n. the largest Eurasian bird of prey, Gypaëtus barbatus, ranging in the mountains from southern Europe to China, having a wingspread of 9 to 10 ft. (2.7 to 3 m) and black feathers hanging from below the bill like a… …   Universalium

  • lammergeier — or lammergeyer noun Etymology: German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture Date: 1817 a large Old World vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) that occurs in mountain regions and in flight resembles a huge falcon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lammergeier — [ laməˌgʌɪə] (also lammergeyer) noun a long winged, long tailed Old World vulture, noted for dropping bones to break them and get at the marrow. [Gypaetus barbatus.] Origin C19: from Ger. Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture …   English new terms dictionary

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