California condor


Cal·​i·​for·​nia condor ˌka-lə-ˈfȯr-nyə- How to pronounce California condor (audio)
: 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

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Examples of California condor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pinnacles is known for its namesake rock spires, wildflowers and wildlife, particularly California condors. USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 But in 2021, researchers at the San Diego Zoo added California condors to the list. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 My next stops: the Antelope Valley poppy fields, the Tehachapi Mountains to search for California condors and Arvin Cross to look for more wildflowers. Raul Roa, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Dozens of species — zebra sharks, California condors and Komodo dragons — can reproduce asexually through parthenogenesis. Evan Bush, NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024 Parthenogenesis has been observed in more than 80 vertebrate species, including California condors and a crocodile. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 In North America, hunters leave behind game that is riddled with lead shot, which slowly poisons vultures such as the California condor. Meera Subramanian, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 The Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge is also home to California condors, which are endangered species. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 26 Jan. 2024 Ingesting metal is one reason California condors nearly went extinct during the 1980s. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Oct. 2023

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Word History


California, state of U.S.

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of California condor was in 1853

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“California condor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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California condor

Cal·​i·​for·​nia condor ˌkal-ə-ˌfȯr-nyə- How to pronounce California condor (audio)
: a very large nearly extinct vulture of mountainous southern California that is related to the condor of South America

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