secretary, noun

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See quotation 1984.
In full secretary bird, formerly secretaries bird: the large raptor Sagittarius serpentarius (the sole species of the Sagittariidae), pale grey and black in colour, with long legs and tail, and crest-feathers which droop at the nape; slangvreeter.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 155I have very frequently seen the secretaries bird both in its wild and tame state.
1994 [see flats sense a].
the large raptor Sagittarius serpentarius (the sole species of the Sagittariidae), pale grey and black in colour, with long legs and tail, and crest-feathers which droop at the nape; slangvreeter.

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