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noun vul·ture \ˈvəl-chər\

: any one of several large birds that eat dead animals and have a small and featherless head

: a person who tries to take advantage of someone who is in a very bad situation

Full Definition of VULTURE

:  any of various large birds (families Accipitridae and Cathartidae) that are related to the hawks, eagles, and falcons but have weaker claws and the head usually naked and that subsist chiefly or entirely on carrion
:  a rapacious or predatory person
vul·tur·ish \-chə-rish\ adjective

Examples of VULTURE

  1. As soon as they learned of his arrest, the media vultures started circling.
  2. <noted that the paparazzi are vultures who could not exist without the connivance of the tabloid-buying public>

Origin of VULTURE

Middle English vultur, from Anglo-French, from Latin
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with VULTURE

VULTURES Defined for Kids


noun vul·ture \ˈvəl-chər\

Definition of VULTURE for Kids

:  a large bird related to the hawks and eagles that has a head bare of feathers and feeds mostly on dead animals


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