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turkey buzzard

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noun
  1. turkey vulture.
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Origin of turkey buzzard

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for turkey buzzard

Historical Examples

  • At last they got so high that the Turkey-buzzard froze his ears off for they were naked.

    Woodland Tales

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • The turkey-buzzard is, upon the whole, a nobler bird than the black vulture.

    The Boy Hunters

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • As well might the turkey-buzzard attempt to catch the swallow.

    The Lighthouse

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Closely allied to the “turkey-buzzard” of the United States.

  • We have now only to mention the turkey-buzzard (Vultur aura), and the Gallinazo.


British Dictionary definitions for turkey buzzard

turkey buzzard

turkey vulture

noun
  1. a New World vulture, Cathartes aura, having a dark plumage and naked red head
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