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๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey emoji

[tur-keeย ih-moh-jee]

What doesย ๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey emoji mean?

Gobble, gobble!

The turkey emoji represents the … well … turkey and serves as a symbol for the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

It also can signify non-holiday related feelings of gratitude.

Related words

๐Ÿฆ† Duck emoji, ๐Ÿฆœ Parrot emoji, ๐Ÿฆš Peacock emoji, โ˜˜๏ธ Shamrock emoji, Christmas creep, Hokie

Where does ๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey emoji come from?


School kids in America are often taught that turkey on Thanksgiving is an American tradition because itโ€™s what the pilgrims shared with the Native Americans to thank them for helping them survive the winter. In truth, the alleged three-day feast shared by the settlers and Wampanoag in 1621 probably featured venison … but that’s a different story.

Back to why Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving … the holiday of Thanksgiving began in 1863 as an effort to unify the country in the throes of the Civil War. Turkey was promoted as a food in order to Americanize immigrants and for practical purposes: one of these beasts can feed a lot of people.

Fast forward to 2015 when the turkey emoji entered Unicode as a symbol for the Thanksgiving holiday. It shows a large brown bird, facing left with a red neck, and waddle.

Itโ€™s in the โ€œanimals and natureโ€ sections of emojis since it depicts a live bird, one that could be happily running around in the wild. While there is a chicken drumstick and other food versions of the chicken in Unicode, there is not emoji of a dressed turkey ready for the oven.

In 2017, the poultry company Butterball launched a Change.org petition for a dead and plucked version of the bird to be added to emoji language. Poor turkey. Stay tuned to see if they are successful!

Examples of ๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey emoji

๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ™Oh yes I โค๏ธ#Thanksgiving ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‘ย Sabrina, Stuffing, Mash, & #HOTGRAVY ๐Ÿ’›#ThanksgivingWeek
@mintwoodee, November, 2018
Research shows that one of the greatest contributing factors to happiness is based upon how much gratitude we feel. Stark students focused in on this important character strength during the month of February. The best attitude is one of gratitude. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฆƒ
@ArtWithMsBell, December, 2018
#groundblind ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸฆƒWhy hunt turkeys from a ground blind? The answer is simple enough: It's easy! Today's blinds are large, comfortable and well-designed to allow the hunter to see andโ€ฆ
@heels2hiking, November, 2018

Who uses ๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey emoji?

The turkey emoji is most commonly used around the Thanksgiving holiday for people to connect their posts to the occasion.

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Turkey outtakes #๐Ÿฆƒ #gobblegobble

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People also use the turkey emoji to mean the actual bird. Many turkeys live, laugh, and love all throughout the year and have rich and fulfilling lives during the months that are not November. So people who raise turkeys use this emoji in posts about their barnyard friends.

Animal lovers who would rather cuddle a turkey than eat one also use it to celebrate this animal.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are hunters throwing up the turkey emoji to celebrate their kills.

Virginia Tech sport teams and their fans use the turkey emoji to represent their mascot, the HokieBird.

Finally, bowlers use it to celebrate the rare instance of getting three strikes in a row, also known as a โ€œturkey.”

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