vulture

[vuhl-cher]
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of several superficially similar New World birds of the family Cathartidae, as the turkey vulture.
3.
a person or thing that preys, especially greedily or unscrupulously: That vulture would sell out his best friend.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin vultur

vulturelike, adjective
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vulture (ˈvʌltʃə)
 
n
1.  griffon See also lammergeier 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)
2.  condor See also turkey buzzard any similar bird of the family Cathartidae of North, Central, and South America
3.  a person or thing that preys greedily and ruthlessly on others, esp the helpless
 
[C14: from Old French voltour, from Latin vultur; perhaps related to Latin vellere to pluck, tear]
 
'vulture-like
 
adj

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vulture
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. vultur, O.Fr. voultour, from L. vultur, earlier voltur, perhaps related to vellere "to pluck, to tear." Fig. sense is recorded from 1580s.
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Vulture definition


(1.) Heb. da'ah (Lev. 11:14). In the parallel passage (Deut. 14:13) the Hebrew word used is _ra'ah_, rendered "glede;" LXX., "gups;" Vulg., "milvus." A species of ravenous bird, distinguished for its rapid flight. "When used without the epithet 'red,' the name is commonly confined to the black kite. The habits of the bird bear out the allusion in Isa. 34:15, for it is, excepting during the winter three months, so numerous everywhere in Palestine as to be almost gregarious." (See EAGLE.) (2.) In Job 28:7 the Heb. 'ayyah is thus rendered. The word denotes a clamorous and a keen-sighted bird of prey. In Lev. 11:14 and Deut. 14:13 it is rendered "kite" (q.v.).

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Example sentences
All this is good for lawyers, good for insolvency experts, and good for vulture
  funds.
Vulture capitalists are circling, ready to pick the losers' bones.
There you can find out why you never see dead toads on the road, but that dead
  vulture is gonna be there forever.
Some times they may have a pigeon or a vulture on their heads.
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