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aasvoel, noun

Forms:
α. aars-vogel, aas-vogelShow more aars-vogel, aas-vogel, asphogel, asse vogel, assvogel, astvogel, asvogel;
β. aasvoel, aasvoël.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more From Afrikaans aasvoël, earlier Dutch aasvogel (plural -vogelen) aas carrion + voël, vogel bird.
a. Any of several vultures, especially the Cape vulture Gyps coprotheres of the Accipitridae, but occasionally the whitebacked vulture G. africanus. Also attributive, and figurative. See also Cape vulture (Cape sense 2 a).
α.
1834 A. Smith Diary (1939) I. 149Piet Whitefoot had..said that the white men were like crows and aasvogels; that though many were together the approach of one man caused them all to fly.
1979 E. Drummond Burning Land 100They also heard the desolate cries of the aasvogels as they circled high above a distant spot, waiting to descend on whatever lay breathing its last below them.
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1935 H.C. Bosman Mafeking Rd (1969) 21Overhead a lonely aasvoël wheeled, circling slowly round and round without flapping his wings.
1985 Style Oct. 55In exile the mind would roam through..the wide wheel of the aasvoel, a witgat tree.
b. With defining words designating various species of aasvoel, as black aasvoel, koning aasvoel /ˈkʊənəŋ -/ [Afrikaans, koning king], swart aasvoel /swart -/ [Afrikaans, swart black], white aasvoel: see quotations.
α.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 196Vultus Fulvus, and Vultus Auricularis: White and Black Aas-vogel of the Cape Colonists.
1839white aasvoel: [see quot. at black aasvoel above].
Any of several vultures, especially the Cape vulture Gyps coprotheres of the Accipitridae, but occasionally the whitebacked vulture G. africanus. Also attributive, and figurative.
see quotations.

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