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lammergeir

lammergeir


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lammergeir  \Lam"mer*geir\,  Lammergeier  \Lam"mer*gei`er\,  n.  [G. 
  l["a]mmergeier;  lamm,  pl  l["a]mmer,  lamb  +  geier  vulture.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  very  large  vulture  ({Gypa["e]tus  barbatus}),  which  inhabits 
  the  mountains  of  Southern  Europe,  Asia,  and  Northern  Africa. 
  When  full-grown  it  is  nine  or  ten  feet  in  extent  of  wings.  It 
  is  brownish  black  above,  with  the  under  parts  and  neck  rusty 
  yellow;  the  forehead  and  crown  white;  the  sides  of  the  head 
  and  beard  black.  It  feeds  partly  on  carrion  and  partly  on 
  small  animals,  which  it  kills.  It  has  the  habit  of  carrying 
  tortoises  and  marrow  bones  to  a  great  height,  and  dropping 
  them  on  stones  to  obtain  the  contents,  and  is  therefore 
  called  {bonebreaker}  and  {ossifrage}.  It  is  supposed  to  be 
  the  {ossifrage}  of  the  Bible.  Called  also  {bearded  vulture} 
  and  {bearded  eagle}.  [Written  also  {lammergeyer}.]