noun U.S. Military Slang.
Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn't exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America ... so, why do they share the same name?
Origin of bird colonel
First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for bird colonel
US military slang a full colonel in the US Army
Word Origin for bird colonel
from the eagle insignia of rank
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