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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of grallatorial raptorial birds, containing the secretary-bird or serpent-eater of Africa, G. serpentarius or reptilivorus, and giving name to the family Gypogeranidæ: same as Sagittarius, Vosmaer, 1769; Serpentarius, Cuvier, 1797; Secretarius, Daudin, 1801; Ophiotheres, Vieillot, 1816. See Serpentarius.


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