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See also: Aasvogel and Aasvögel

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Afrikaans aasvogel (vulture) (obsolete), from aas (carrion) + vogel (bird), from Dutch.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

aasvogel (plural aasvogels)

  1. (South Africa, rare, literary) Vulture. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    • 1912, H. Rider Haggard, Marie:
      As the charge exploded I saw the aasvogel give a kind of backward twist.

Usage notesEdit

This word has no currency in modern South African English. It has been used by writers Rider Haggard and Saki to lend colour and authenticity to their works.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 “aasvogel” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 2.
  2. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 3

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From aas (carrion) +‎ vogel (bird).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

aasvogel m (plural aasvogels or aasvogelen, diminutive aasvogeltje n)

  1. bird feeding on carrion, vulture
  2. (figuratively) vulture, a person who profits from the suffering of others

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