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turkey vulture

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noun

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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Also called turkey buzzard.

Origin of turkey vulture

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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