Definition of hamerkop in English:


Line breaks: hamer|kop
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːməkɒp
, ˈhaməkɒp/
(also hammerkop /ˈhaməkɒp/)


  • A brown African marshbird related to the storks, which has a crest that looks like a backward projection of the head, and constructs an enormous nest.
    • Scopus umbretta, the only member of the family Scopidae
    More example sentences
    • Villagers have been known to abandon a hut because a hamerkop flew over it and shortly died afterwards.
    • Their bad rap may protect hamerkops from human hunters, who out of fear have given the birds a wide berth.
    • According to superstitions, hammerkops are bad omens, and it is considered bad luck to harm them.


mid 19th century: Afrikaans, from hamer 'hammer' + kop 'head'.

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