any of several large, primarily carrion-eating Old World birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, often having a naked head and less powerful feet than those of the related hawks and eagles.
any of several superficially similar New World birds of the family Cathartidae, as the turkey vulture.
a person or thing that preys, especially greedily or unscrupulously: That vulture would sell out his best friend.
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- vul·ture·like, adjective
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How to use vulture in a sentence
There were still bodies in the cornfields and in mud houses being chewed over by vultures.Survivors and Families of Victims of a 1981 El Salvador Massacre See Justice Slip Away Again | by Raymond Bonner and Nelson Rauda for ProPublica | September 13, 2021 | ProPublica
Nearly as soon as national relevance is sniffed, major conferences begin to circle a lesser-known program and its staff like vultures, poaching coaches and sometimes entire teams.How Easy Are Encores For Upstart College Football Programs? | Josh Planos | September 1, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
In the mid-1970s, ZZ Top staged the Worldwide Texas Tour, performing on a Texas-shaped stage home to wagon wheels, corral fences, cactuses and live animals including rattlesnakes, vultures, a longhorn and buffalo.Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist with a legendary beard, dies at 72 | Harrison Smith | July 29, 2021 | Washington Post
“It was like vultures swarming the gas pump, just driving around in circles checking all the pumps,” said Alfonso Forte, a clerk at a Circle K north of Charlotte.Panic buying strikes Southeastern United States as shuttered pipeline resumes operations | Will Englund, Ellen Nakashima | May 12, 2021 | Washington Post
We did one, and it’s another instance where we’re just like vultures trying to make a quick buck and profit off a culture we don’t have anything to do with.Media Briefing: How publishers are pushing podcasts to new audiences | Tim Peterson | April 15, 2021 | Digiday
vulture wrote a helpful-ish explainer about how to make sure you see it.Neil Patrick Harris: Yes, That’s My Penis In ‘Gone Girl’ | Kevin Fallon | October 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On Buzzfeed, vulture, Twitter, and in our hearts, these people are celebrated.'Nick & Knight': Nick Carter and Jordan Knight Are Your New Boy Band Power Couple | Kevin Fallon | September 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
vulture, too, noticed her “effortless, self-deprecating charm.”Jennifer Lawrence Shouldn’t Laugh Off Her Nude Photo Hack | Samantha Allen | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Specifically, it happened on October 15, when the series aired its fifth episode, “The vulture.”How ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Became This Year’s Hottest New Sitcom | Kevin Fallon | January 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
vulture Shia LaBeouf responds to Jim Carrey's Golden Globes attack.'Frozen' Takes on Broadway, Outkast Announces Full Tour | Culture Team | January 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ask the disappointed vulture and the mouth of the muttering earth to tell you, gentlemen passengers!A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
This, with contemptuous indignation, we fling back into their face, as a scorpion to a vulture.
As the vulture was of too large a draught to proceed higher, the troops were placed on board the steamers Pluto and Corsair.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Yellow vulture has seen the taunts calling the red warriors "women with the hearts of deer."The Talking Horse | F. Anstey
Very few birds probably ascend to a height of two thousand feet in the air, the vulture tribe excepted.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado | Frank Aubrey
British Dictionary definitions for vulture
a person or thing that preys greedily and ruthlessly on others, esp the helpless
- vulture-like, adjective
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