Bearded vultures, or lammergeiers perched on some rocks.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Ger lämmergeier from lämmer, plural of lamm, lamb plush geier, vulture, akin to gier, greed from Indo-European base an unverified form ghī-, variant, variety of ghē- from source gape
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Origin: German Lämmergeier : Lämmer, genitive pl. of Lamm, lamb (from Middle High German lamp, from Old High German lamb) + Geier, vulture (from Middle High German gīr, from Old High German).