adjutant bird

noun

variants or adjutant stork or less commonly adjutant crane
: any of several large upright storks (genus Leptoptilos) having the head and neck bare of feathers and feeding on carrion or on small aquatic animals or snakes: such as
a
: an Indian stork (L. dubius) that attains a height of seven feet
b
: a smaller Indian stork (L. javanicus)

Word History

Etymology

probably so called from its fancied resemblance to a military figure pacing a parade ground

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adjutant bird was in 1809

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“Adjutant bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjutant%20bird. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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