Definition of condor in English:



  • A large New World vulture with a bare head and mainly black plumage, living in mountainous country and spending much time soaring.

    • ‘The central view port was replaced with an image of a gleaming advanced enemy attack force whose formation had a wide span like the wings of a condor.’
    • ‘Millions of dollars have been spent on condors, and a variety of groups have worked hard to get the birds to breed in captivity and to develop techniques for introducing captive-raised birds to the wild.’
    • ‘Captive condors do breed successfully in captivity.’
    • ‘On some occasions, when there is food, I have succeeded in observing 24 condors together.’
    • ‘One of the recovery program's goals is to have 200 condors soaring in the wild.’
    • ‘One place the condors still soar is Peru's Colca Canyon, a gorge twice as deep as Arizona's Grand Canyon.’
    • ‘Biologists, zoo officials, and condors are all learning by trial and error.’
    • ‘The lead found in captive condors and released condors with low levels in their blood had isotope ratios similar to lead found in dead livestock and wildlife that had not been killed by hunters.’
    • ‘Not until age six will a young condor molt its brown feathers and grow the black-and-white plumage of adults.’
    • ‘You need to do the surrogate stuff that they do with condors, for example.’
    • ‘We in San Diego go through Herculean efforts to shield our condors from human contact.’
    • ‘Our requests were answered almost immediately as a condor soared magnificently over our heads at the second pass.’
    • ‘The condors will succeed to the extent their new culture allows.’
    • ‘‘Yes, the condors used to nest in all these crags here above our village, but not anymore’ is a comment we hear again and again.’
    • ‘As an ornithologist, I would be the very last person to begrudge money for the condor; I would merely like to see money for human languages as well.’
    • ‘For instance, on August 15, 2003, biologists observed a baby condor, estimated at 15 to 16 weeks old, in a remote cave in the Grand Canyon.’
    • ‘All condors belong to the same order as the vulture.’
    • ‘A backdrop of mountains and glaciers, and condors soaring high overhead, make this the perfect antidote to the bustle of every day life.’
    • ‘One of the condors perched in a pine atop Cable Mountain and just sat there for the better part of a half hour.’
    • ‘In this photo she is helping to exercise the condor's wing.’


Early 17th century: from Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kuntur.