con·​dor ˈkän-dər How to pronounce condor (audio) -ˌdȯr How to pronounce condor (audio)
: 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

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ivan Gomez, 31, was found guilty last month of setting the 2020 Dolan fire, cultivating marijuana in the Los Padres National Forest and 12 counts of animal cruelty tied to the condor deaths. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 Wind farms may pose risks for a condor repopulation program. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2022 The remaining four birds slowly follow the first brave condor. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 6 Oct. 2022 The body of an average condor can measure up to 4.5 feet tall and the wingspan up to 10 feet wide. Fox News, 19 July 2022 The final condor of the four juveniles was introduced on July 14. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 July 2022 The last condor was officially released on July 14, 2022, totaling four birds restored — three males and one female. Fox News, 19 July 2022 By the 1980s, the wild condor population dwindled to just 22 birds. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Gomez was convicted of 16 felony counts, including arson, throwing rocks at a vehicle and 11 counts of cruelty to animals involving condor deaths. CBS News, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kuntur

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of condor was in 1604

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“Condor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: a very large South American vulture of the high Andes having the head and neck bare and the plumage dull black with a ring of white down behind the head

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