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aerie (noun) a large bird of prey's nest among rocks (a bird of prey is a large bird feeding on other birds and animals).
The nest built by large birds like eagles, hawks, etc., is called an aerie (also eyrie). We find aeries usually in the cavities on the mountain side or a hill side.
- As the mountaineer neared the peak, an eagle flew out of its aerie and attacked him.
- The eagle left the aerie after it has fed its fledglings, that is, its young ones.