con·​dor | \ ˈkän-dər How to pronounce condor (audio) , -ˌdȯr How to pronounce condor (audio) \

Definition of condor

1a : a very large American vulture (Vultur gryphus) of the high Andes having the head and neck bare and the plumage dull black with a downy white neck ruff and white patches on the wings

called also Andean condor

2 plural condors or condores\ kən-​ˈdȯr-​ˌās How to pronounce condores (audio)\ : a coin (such as the centesimo of Chile) bearing the picture of a condor

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Racing pigs, animatronic dinosaurs and a bird show featuring giant condors are among the attractions that await you at this year’s OAKLAND COUNTY FAIR, which opens Friday in Davisburg. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Fourth of July in Clawson, Rib Fest, Camaro Superfest, Oakland County Fair," 3 July 2019 The organization acquires and distributes several bird species — excluding eagles — including hawks, falcons, condors, vultures, corvids, songbirds and water birds. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "USA TODAY NETWORK awards grants to seven Valley groups as part of giving-back initiative," 11 June 2019 Smith writes that the researchers were unable to identify all 16 of the birds, as some had morphological traits anathema to both their previous classifications (for example, condors and flamingoes) and that of any living species native to Peru. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Scientists Identify Exotic Birds Depicted in Peru’s Mysterious Nazca Lines," 22 June 2019 Watching the condor parents regurgitate food — rats, trout, beef spleen — into the chick is gross. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why the Safari Park’s California condor dads are Father’s Day stars," 14 June 2019 Lewis is six feet five and has the wingspan of a condor, along with a vertical leap that enabled him to start dunking in sixth grade. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "The Brooklyn Startup Helping High-School Athletes Go Viral," 30 May 2019 With a few flaps of those mighty wings, the condor is airborne, soaring and sailing for hours as high as 15,000 feet on its endless hunt for carrion. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘A Brotherhood of Spies’ and ‘Above and Beyond’ Review: When Spies Took to the Skies," 12 July 2018 The remaining condors were captured in the late 1980s. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Lacoste raising money for Arizona endangered bird," 7 Mar. 2018 But, aside from those fabulous cancha corn nuts and frosty glasses of pisco sour, there is so much work still to be done before this condor of a restaurant dream really takes flight. Craig Laban,, "At Vista Peru, a view of promise, pisco and problems," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of condor

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for condor

Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kuntur

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English Language Learners Definition of condor

: a very large black bird from South America or a related bird from North America


con·​dor | \ ˈkän-dər How to pronounce condor (audio) , -ˌdȯr\

Kids Definition of condor

: a very large American vulture having a bare head and neck and a frill of feathers on the neck

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