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vul·ture

 (vŭl′chər)
n.
1. Any of various large birds of prey characteristically having dark plumage and a featherless head and neck and generally feeding on carrion. Species found in the Americas are in the family Cathartidae, and those found in Eurasia and Africa are in the family Accipitridae.
2. A person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature.

[Middle English, from Old French voltour, from Latin vultur.]
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vulture

(ˈvʌltʃə)
n
1. (Animals) 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 griffon12, lammergeier
2. (Animals) 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
[C14: from Old French voltour, from Latin vultur; perhaps related to Latin vellere to pluck, tear]
ˈvulture-ˌlike adj
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vul•ture

(ˈvʌl tʃər)

n.
1. any of several large, naked-headed New World birds of prey of the family Cathartidae that soar at a high altitude seeking carrion.
2. any of several superficially similar Old World birds of the family Accipitridae.
3. a person or thing that preys, esp. greedily or unscrupulously.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin vultur]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vulture - any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrionvulture - any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion
bird of prey, raptor, raptorial bird - any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
Aegypiidae, family Aegypiidae - in some classifications considered the family comprising the Old World vultures which are more often included in the family Accipitridae
Old World vulture - any of several large vultures of Africa and Eurasia
cathartid, New World vulture - large birds of prey superficially similar to Old World vultures
2.vulture - someone who attacks in search of bootyvulture - someone who attacks in search of booty
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
moss-trooper - a marauder and plunderer (originally operating in the bogs between England and Scotland)
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Translations
sup
grib
vulturo
korppikotka
lešinarsup
keselyûkeselyű
hrægammur
ハゲワシ
독수리
vultur
grifas
grifsmaitu lija
vultur
sup
jastreb
gam
นกแร้ง
вольт
chim ó

vulture

[ˈvʌltʃəʳ] N
1. (Orn) → buitre m, zopilote m (CAm, Mex), aura f (Carib), carancho m (S. Cone), gallinazo m (Col, Andes), urubú m (Peru, Uru), zamuro m (Ven)
black vulturebuitre m negro
2. (fig) → buitre m
as the vultures from the press descendedcuando los buitres de la prensa se acercaron
they're like a lot of vulturesson una panda de buitres
see also culture
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vulture

[ˈvʌltʃər] nvautour m
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vulture

n (lit, fig)Geier m
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vulture

(ˈvaltʃə) noun
a type of large bird of prey feeding chiefly on dead bodies.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

vulture

نَسْر sup grib Geier όρνιο buitre korppikotka vautour lešinar avvoltoio ハゲワシ 독수리 gier gribb sęp abutre гриф gam นกแร้ง akbaba chim ó 秃鹰
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References in classic literature ?
These false eagles most rarely kill any living bird or animal; and their vulture-like, necrophagous habits are very evident to any one who has fallen asleep on the desolate plains of Patagonia, for when he wakes, he will see, on each surrounding hillock, one of these birds patiently watching him with an evil eye: it is a feature in the landscape of these countries, which will be recognised by every one who has wandered over them.