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aerie (n.)

"eagle's nest," 1580s (attested in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French aire "nest," Medieval Latin area "nest of a bird of prey" (12c.), perhaps from Latin area "level ground, garden bed" [Littré], though some doubt this [Klein]. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly spelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from Middle English ey "egg."

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Definitions of aerie from WordNet

aerie (n.)
the lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle);
Synonyms: aery / eyrie / eyry
aerie (n.)
any habitation at a high altitude;
Synonyms: aery / eyrie / eyry
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