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 condor (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 Condors nearly went extinct — in 1987 the last wild condor was captured and there were believed to be only 27 in the world. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2021 Mickols lives in historic condor habitat with natural food sources for the birds, the agency said. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2021 But the Bay Area News Group reported last week that a 23-year-old female condor, dubbed Redwood Queen, in February laid an egg in the top of a charred redwood tree that flames had blackened in August. Star Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 Live webcams showing condor nests perched on cliffs or in redwood trees, with parents tending to bald and fuzzy hatchlings, are popular this time of year. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2021 From left to right: the South American condor flies toward the center. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2021 Instead, Emmons made his way toward a 15-pound baby condor hiding in its nest. Jesse Klein, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 After an unprecedented fire season, condor experts are evaluating how increasingly aggressive fires could jeopardize their rehabilitation efforts. Jesse Klein, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 For many spectators, spotting a condor is a bird-watching goal of a lifetime. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2020

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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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31 May 2021

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“Condor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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