turkey vulture
noun Date: 1823 an American vulture (Cathartes aura) with a red head and whitish bill — called also turkey buzzard

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  • Turkey vulture — Turkey Tur key, n.; pl. {Turkeys}. [So called because it was formerly erroneously believed that it came originally from Turkey: cf. F. Turquie Turkey. See {Turk}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any large American gallinaceous bird belonging to the genus {Meleagris} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turkey vulture — Turkey Tur key, n.; pl. {Turkeys}. [So called because it was formerly erroneously believed that it came originally from Turkey: cf. F. Turquie Turkey. See {Turk}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any large American gallinaceous bird belonging to the genus {Meleagris} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turkey vulture — n. a dark colored vulture (Cathartes aura) of temperate and tropical America, resembling a turkey in having a naked, reddish head: also called turkey buzzard …   English World dictionary

  • Turkey Vulture — Taxobox name = Turkey Vulture status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Incertae sedis (disputed) familia = Cathartidae genus = Cathartes species = C. aura binomial = Cathartes aura …   Wikipedia

  • turkey vulture — a blackish brown vulture, Cathartes aura, from the southern U.S. to South America, having a bare, wrinkled, red head and neck. Also called turkey buzzard. See illus. under vulture. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * or turkey buzzard Species (Cathartes aura) …   Universalium

  • turkey vulture — paprastasis kalakutinis grifas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Cathartes aura angl. turkey vulture vok. Truthahngeier, m rus. гриф индейка, m; катарта индейка, f pranc. urubu à tête rouge, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • turkey vulture — noun a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States • Syn: ↑buzzard, ↑turkey buzzard, ↑Cathartes aura • Hypernyms: ↑New World vulture, ↑cathartid • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • turkey vulture — noun A common North American vulture, Cathartes aura …   Wiktionary

  • turkey vulture — noun a common American vulture with black plumage and a bare red head. [Cathartes aura.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • turkey vulture — tur′key vul ture n. orn a blackish brown New World vulture, Cathartes aura, with a bare, wrinkled red head and neck Also called tur′key buz zard. • Etymology: 1815–25, amer …   From formal English to slang

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