condor

noun
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

Examples of condor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the early 1980s, there were fewer than two dozen condors remaining in the wild, threatened primarily by pesticides and other types of poisoning. oregonlive, "Oregon Zoo now home to 7 condor chicks, roughly 1 percent of worldwide population," 18 May 2020 Coastal-dwelling condors have more of these compounds than those living inland, the study found. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DDT contaminants in marine mammals may threaten California condor recovery," 11 July 2019 Other condors have been captured for breeding purposes or are held in zoos. Washington Post, "Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff," 1 Oct. 2019 This year, the 1,000th condor reared his head inside a rocky hillside at Zion National Park. CBS News, "Los Angeles Zoo uses new tactic to boost California condor population," 23 Nov. 2019 The situation became so dire that federal biologists captured all remaining wild condors in 1987 and began breeding them in the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Trump’s birdbrain plan to weaken Endangered Species Act," 15 Aug. 2019 Wildlife officials announced that the hatching of a chick in May brought the total number of condors in nature in the United States to 1,000. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Trump’s birdbrain plan to weaken Endangered Species Act," 15 Aug. 2019 The condors typically lay eggs on cave floors or in large crevices. Washington Post, "Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff," 1 Oct. 2019 The condors typically lay eggs on cave floors or in large crevices. Morgan Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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“Condor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condor. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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condor

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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

condor

noun
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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