turkey buzzard

Origin of turkey buzzard

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75

Words Nearby turkey buzzard

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How to use turkey buzzard in a sentence

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

    The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
  • They had in their canoes quite a variety of game, and among them a large ill-smelling bird called a turkey-buzzard.

    Algonquin Indian Tales | Egerton R. Young
  • The children were interested in its appearance, as this was the first dead turkey-buzzard they had ever seen.

    Algonquin Indian Tales | Egerton R. Young
  • It is unpalatable to those Europeans who have never eaten a turkey buzzard.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa | R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • Cows grazed in the river, and high above a turkey buzzard soared, gazing down to find death on the earth.

    The Shadow | Mary White Ovington

British Dictionary definitions for turkey buzzard

turkey buzzard

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

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