Definition of lammergeier
- a large Old World vulture of mountainous country, with a wingspan of 10 feet (3 m) and dark beardlike feathers, noted for its habit of dropping bones from a height to break them. Also called bearded vulture.
- Gypaetus barbatus, family Accipitridae
early 19th century: from German Lämmergeier, from Lämmer (plural of Lamm 'lamb') + Geier 'vulture'