A large vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) found in mountainous regions of southern Europe, Asia, and Africa, having stiff feathers that extend below the beak to form a beard and, unlike other vultures, a feathered head.
A very large Old World vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) with grayish-black plumage streaked with white and a tuft of bristles over the nostrils and under the bill; bearded vulture.
Origin of lammergeier
- 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer plural of Lamm (“lamb”) + Geier (“vulture”).