CONDOR, n. The largest species of fowl hitherto discovered; a native of South America. Some naturalists class it with the vulture; others, with the eagle. The wings of the largest, when expanded, are said to extend 15 or 18 feet; and the fowl has strength to bear off a calf or a deer. The size of the Condor has been greatly exaggerated. It is about the size of the Lammer-geyer or vulture of the Alps, which it resembles in its habits. It is properly a vulture.
nounEtymology: Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kunturDate: 1604 1.a. a very large American vulture (Vultur gryphus) of the high Andes having the head and neck bare and the plumage dull black with a downy white neck ruff and white patches on the wings — called also Andean condorb.California condor2.pluralcondorsorcondores a coin (as the centesimo of Chile) bearing the picture of a condor
Either of two species of large New World vulture. Two of the largest flying birds, each is about 50 in. (130 cm) long and weighs 22 lbs (10 kg). Both feed on dead animals. The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), which ranges from the Pacific coast of S. America to the high Andes, has slightly longer wings (10 ft, or 3 m) and is black with a white ruff and bare pinkish head, neck, and crop. The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is nearly black, with white wing linings, bare yellow head, and red neck and crop. It hovered on the brink of extinction in the 1980s, and every California condor was captured; careful nurturing has recently led to the release of dozens of condors into the wild.
n. 1 (in full Andean condor) a large vulture, Vultur gryphus, of S. America, having black plumage with a white neck ruff and a fleshy wattle on the forehead. 2 (in full California condor) a small vulture, Gymnogyps californianus, of California. Etymology: Sp. f. Quechua cuntur
Condor Con"dor (k[o^]n"d[o^]r; in defs. 2 & 3, k[-o]n"d[-o]r), n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) The California vulture. [Local, U. S.] 2. A gold coin of Chile, bearing the figure of a condor, and equal to twenty pesos. It contains 10.98356 grams of gold, and is equivalent to about $7.29. Called also colon. 3. A gold coin of Colombia equivalent to about $9.65. It is no longer coined.