lam·​mer·​gei·​er ˈla-mər-ˌgī(-ə)r How to pronounce lammergeier (audio)
variants or lammergeyer
plural lammergeiers or lammergeyers
: a large Old World vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) that occurs in mountainous regions, has long black bristles at the base of the bill, and in flight resembles a very large falcon : bearded vulture

Word History


German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer lambs + Geier vulture

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lammergeier was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Lammergeier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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