\ ˈgi(ə)r, ˈgī(ə)r, ˈji(ə)r + ¦- \

Definition of gier-eagle

: a bird pronounced unclean in ancient Jewish law and the pelican and the gier-eagle and the cormorant — Deuteronomy 14:17 (Authorized Version)

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History and Etymology for gier-eagle

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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