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vulture

[vuhl-cher] /ˈvʌl tʃər/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin vultur
Related forms
vulturelike, adjective
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  • All this is good for lawyers, good for insolvency experts, and good for vulture funds.
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  • 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.
  • And sure enough, two days earlier someone in my hometown spotted a vulture.
  • Not every vulture will settle for such quick pickings.
  • His eyes shift upward to a circling vulture, a sentinel of inevitability.
  • vulture found her way to a recording contract some way or another.
British Dictionary definitions for vulture

vulture

/ˈvʌltʃə/
noun
1.
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 griffon1 (sense 2), lammergeier
2.
any similar bird of the family Cathartidae of North, Central, and South America See also condor, turkey buzzard
3.
a person or thing that preys greedily and ruthlessly on others, esp the helpless
Derived Forms
vulture-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French voltour, from Latin vultur; perhaps related to Latin vellere to pluck, tear
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Word Origin and History for vulture
n.

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.

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vulture in the Bible

(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.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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