Definition of hamerkop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːməkɒp/
Pronunciation: /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.
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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