ˈji(ə)r + ¦-
: a bird pronounced unclean in ancient Jewish law
and the pelican and the gier-eagle and the cormorantDeuteronomy 14:17 (Authorized Version)

Word History


Dutch gier vulture, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German gīr vulture, gīri greedy, Norwegian dialect gir desire, passion, Old English geonian to yawn

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“Gier-eagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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