One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A vulture; especially the Cape vulture, Gyps coprotheres.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Latham (1740–1837), naturalist. In some forms from South African Dutch aasvogel, specific use of Dutch aasvogel carrion bird from aas carrion + vogel bird. In some forms from Afrikaans aasvoël.
A vulture, in particular the Cape vulture, "Gyps coprotheres".
Early 19th century: from South African Dutch, from aas ‘carrion’ + vogel (now voël) ‘bird’.
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