from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large African bird of prey (Sagittarius serpentarius) with long legs and a crest of quills at the back of the head.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large bird of prey, Sagittarius serpentarius, native to Africa with very long legs, so named because of its crest of long feathers resembling quill pens stuck behind the ears of an office clerk. It preys on reptiles, especially snakes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large long-legged raptorial bird (Gypogeranus serpentarius), native of South Africa, but now naturalized in the West Indies and some other tropical countries. It has a powerful hooked beak, a crest of long feathers, and a long tail. It feeds upon reptiles of various kinds, and is much prized on account of its habit of killing and devouring snakes of all kinds. Called also serpent eater.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A remarkable raptorial bird of Africa, with very long legs; the serpent-eater or crane-vulture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large long-legged African bird of prey that feeds on reptiles
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