Origin of water turkey
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for water turkey
It was a water-turkey, that had been sitting on a tree, just as we turned a corner.
Now and then a water-turkey, with his long neck and legs, varies the scene.Palmetto-Leaves
Harriet Beecher Stowe
A water-turkey now and again rises and flies ahead into the long avenue of silence.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It was a water-turkey, and he sat placidly on a limb close to the water's edge, and about a boat's length ahead of us.