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king vulture

noun
1.
a large, black-and-white vulture, Sarcorhamphus papa, of Central and South America, having colorful wattles and wartlike protuberances on its head and neck.
Origin of king vulture
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • The absence of the rostral knob would preclude its being a king vulture.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • This was what the Boers and the natives call the "king vulture," one of which goes with every flock.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • The king vulture makes his nest in the hollow of a tree, where his queen lays two eggs.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The king vulture (Dresden 8a), the dog (Dresden 7a), and the parrot (Dresden 40b) come next in descending importance.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • Two species only seem to occur in the writings, the king vulture and the black vulture.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • In the Nuttall Codex, the head of the king vulture occurs repeatedly as a glyph for this day.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • The black vulture seems to lack the mythological character associated with the king vulture.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • As noted in the case of the glyphs of the king vulture, the greater number of these occur quite alone.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • Monarch of the feathered tribes of the forest, the king vulture fears no rival throughout his wild domain.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston

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