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bearded vultureLammergeir Lam"mer*geir, Lammergeier Lam"mer*gei`er, n. [G.
l["a]mmergeier; lamm, pl. l["a]mmer, lamb + geier vulture.]
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.] Eagle vultureEagle Ea"gle, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob.
named from its color, fr. aquilus dark-colored, brown; cf.
Lith. aklas blind. Cf. Aquiline.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family,
esp. of the genera Aquila and Hali[ae]etus. The eagle
is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure,
keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most
noted species are the golden eagle (Aquila
chrysa["e]tus); the imperial eagle of Europe (A.
mogilnik or imperialis); the American bald eagle
(Hali[ae]etus leucocephalus); the European sea eagle
(H. albicilla); and the great harpy eagle (Thrasaetus
harpyia). The figure of the eagle, as the king of birds,
is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and also for
standards and emblematic devices. See Bald eagle,
Harpy, and Golden eagle.
2. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten
3. (Astron.) A northern constellation, containing Altair, a
star of the first magnitude. See Aquila.
4. The figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard
of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or
standard of any people.
Though the Roman eagle shadow thee. --Tennyson.
Note: Some modern nations, as the United States, and France
under the Bonapartes, have adopted the eagle as their
national emblem. Russia, Austria, and Prussia have for
an emblem a double-headed eagle.
Bald eagle. See Bald eagle.
Bold eagle. See under Bold.
Double eagle, a gold coin of the United States worth twenty
Eagle hawk (Zo["o]l.), a large, crested, South American
hawk of the genus Morphnus.
Eagle owl (Zo["o]l.), any large owl of the genus Bubo,
and allied genera; as the American great horned owl (Bubo
Virginianus), and the allied European species (B.
maximus). See Horned owl.
Eagle ray (Zo["o]l.), any large species of ray of the genus
Myliobatis (esp. M. aquila).
Eagle vulture (Zo["o]l.), a large West African bid
(Gypohierax Angolensis), intermediate, in several
respects, between the eagles and vultures.
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