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eyrie

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪəri
 
, ˈʌɪri
 
, ˈɛːri
 
/
(North American also aerie)

Definition of eyrie in English:

noun

A large nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built high in a tree or on a cliff.
Example sentences
  • Bald Eagles build large stick nests called eyries in tall trees or on cliffs.
  • It dens down in rocky cairns, under tree roots, sometimes even in the disused eyries of a golden eagle.
  • Similarly, the police have three hundred and sixty degree visibility over their patch, like eagles in an eyrie.

Origin

late 15th century: from medieval Latin aeria, aerea, eyria, probably from Old French aire, from Latin area 'level piece of ground', in late Latin 'nest of a bird of prey'.

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