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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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 One of those — the condor — is a fittingly regal logo for this project, which has grand ambitions to bring Peruvian cuisine into Center City’s prime-time spotlight. Craig Laban,, "At Vista Peru, a view of promise, pisco and problems," 18 May 2018 Mafall, who had the wingspan of a condor, scaled the back of the bus to tie wheelchairs to the roof. Lane Hartill, The Christian Science Monitor, "A journey from distrust to teammates," 4 Apr. 2018 Ask the folks in Minnesota and even farther north about their condor-sized mosquitoes. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram, "Here, answers to most-asked questions on rose rosette, ‘dead’ shrubs, pruning and more," 9 Feb. 2018 Every major reformulation of the Impossible Burger gets named after a bird—anhinga, blue-footed booby, condor, dodo. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Silicon Valley and the Search for Meatless Meat," 19 Dec. 2017 In California, for example, condors were severely impacted by the use of lead ammunition. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Poisoned Bald Eagle Highlights Lead Bullet Controversy," 8 Dec. 2017

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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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The first known use of condor was in 1604

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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