- 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.
Origin of vulture
Examples from the Web for vulture
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’
October 9, 2014
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
September 4, 2014
Vulture, too, noticed her “effortless, self-deprecating charm.”Jennifer Lawrence Shouldn’t Laugh Off Her Nude Photo Hack
September 2, 2014
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
January 31, 2014
Vulture Shia LaBeouf responds to Jim Carrey's Golden Globes attack.'Frozen' Takes on Broadway, Outkast Announces Full Tour
January 13, 2014
The difference only between the eagle and the vulture,—serenity or restlessness.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The vulture was drawing closer and closer to its prey—was almost upon it.
Say, rather, if you have the vulture's appetite, you must go where there is carrion!The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
James B., like a vulture, had been hoping for a place on the crew for many a day.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
But you must remember his business was a vulture's business, and something of it was in his soul.
- any of various very large diurnal birds of prey of the genera Neophron, Gyps, Gypaetus, etc, of Africa, Asia, and warm parts of Europe, typically having broad wings and soaring flight and feeding on carrion: family Accipitridae (hawks)See also griffon 1 (def. 2), lammergeier
- any similar bird of the family Cathartidae of North, Central, and South AmericaSee also condor, turkey buzzard
- a person or thing that preys greedily and ruthlessly on others, esp the helpless
Word Origin and History for vulture
late 14c., from Anglo-French vultur, Old French voultour, from Latin vultur, earlier voltur, perhaps related to vellere "to pluck, to tear." Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s.