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turkey vulture

  1. a blackish-brown vulture, Cathartes aura, from the southern U.S. to South America, having a bare, wrinkled, red head and neck.
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Origin of turkey vulture

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
Also called turkey buzzard.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • In America the name "buzzard" is popularly given to the turkey-buzzard or turkey-vulture (Cathartes Aura).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4


  • In Argentina the Turkey-Vulture appears only to occur in the northern and western provinces.