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secretary bird

noun

Definition of secretary bird

  1. :  a large long-legged bird of prey (Sagittarius serpentarius of the family Sagittariidae) of sub-Saharan Africa that feeds largely on reptiles



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Origin of secretary bird

probably from the resemblance of its crest to a bunch of quill pens stuck behind the ear


First Known Use: 1824


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