Definition of jaeger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyāɡər/


North American
Any of the smaller kinds of Arctic-breeding skuas.
  • Genus Stercorarius, family Stercorariidae: three species, e.g., the parasitic jaeger or Arctic skua (S. parasiticus).
Example sentences
  • Sandy Neck, Barnstable, and First Encounter Beach, Eastham, are Cape places to observe shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, ducks, gannets and for a few lucky sentinels, an occasional northern fulmar.
  • Usually you can expect to see great numbers of pelagic birds - gannets, shearwaters, jaegers, storm-petrels, alcids - that live mainly at sea.
  • On the other hand, there is a rich community of specialist and generalist predators (arctic foxes, stoats, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, gulls, jaegers and ravens), all of which feed on lemmings.


Mid 19th century (applied to any predatory seabird): from German Jäger 'hunter', from jagen 'to hunt'.

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Syllabification: jae·ger

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