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

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These condors are freed at five wilderness sites in California and Mexico. Susan King, Los Angeles Times, "Zoos have an image problem. Can Animal Planet and the San Diego Zoo fix that?," 7 Aug. 2019 But the biggest threat to condors is the metal lead. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The California Condor Nearly Went Extinct. Now, the 1000th Chick of a Recovery Program Has Hatched.," 22 July 2019 This might explain why coastal condors have thinner eggshells than those inland. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DDT contaminants in marine mammals may threaten California condor recovery," 11 July 2019 Mighty condors once circled the abyss of extinction. Los Angeles Times, "How the California condor returned from the brink of extinction," 24 July 2019 The condor's primary threat is lead poisoning, ingested when the scavengers eat animal remains after they've been shot. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "The 1,000th California condor has hatched in a victory for the species that nearly went extinct," 22 July 2019 The condor’s primary threat is lead poisoning, ingested when the scavengers eat animal remains after they’ve been shot. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "1,000th California condor has hatched in a victory for the species that nearly went extinct," 22 July 2019 Contaminants such as lead and antifreeze have long been known to poison condors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DDT contaminants in marine mammals may threaten California condor recovery," 11 July 2019 Use Valle Chacabuco as a rest stop—or hike the 14-mile Lagunas Altas Trail to spot guanacos and condors among the alpine lakes. National Geographic, "Take the perfect road trip at the bottom of the world," 5 July 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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condor

noun

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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