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turkey buzzard

Origin of turkey buzzard
1665-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The turkey-buzzard is a solitary bird, or at most goes in pairs.

  • As well might the turkey-buzzard attempt to catch the swallow.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The shadow sweeps on across the melon-field, and above in the sky I see a turkey-buzzard wheeling.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Mintie, who had the vision of a turkey-buzzard, stared at the reek of dust.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Each herd was watched by the patient but inauspicious eyes of the turkey-buzzard.

  • Here and there a crow, or a raven, or a turkey-buzzard, relieved the uniformity.

    The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman, Jr.
  • The turkey-buzzard (vultur aura, or golden vulture), when on the wing, is one of the most specious and imposing of birds.

    Astoria Washington Irving
  • We associate the turkey-buzzard with carrion, and naturally attribute his marvelous power of finding food to his sense of smell.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • A turkey-buzzard lighted on a stump out there, and I guess I must have forgot myself and cocked my gun, for it went off.

  • Mr. Clary shot a turkey-buzzard, the first intimation that we had reached within the range of that bird.

British Dictionary definitions for turkey-buzzard

turkey buzzard

a New World vulture, Cathartes aura, having a dark plumage and naked red head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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