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