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wild turkey

the ancestral species of the domesticated turkey.
Compare turkey (def 1).
Origin of wild turkey
An Americanism dating back to 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He told them that he had shipped off the wild turkey as desired.

  • They kept on, and brought down two rabbits and a wild turkey.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • Well, they killed a wild turkey and a buzzard, the latter good for naught.

    Three Years on the Plains Edmund B. Tuttle
  • The wild turkey wanders to a great distance from the place of its birth.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • I shot a wild turkey as I came up, and I fired in the direction of the steamer.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • I haven't pulled trigger since I shot the wild turkey yesterday.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • It was a wild turkey; but before either of us could fire the bird had escaped.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • We had gone a little way along the bank, when a wild turkey got up.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • Sol had shot a wild turkey, and here he had cooked it and eaten of it.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio

    Joseph A. Altsheler

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