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vulture

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noun vul·ture \ˈvəl-chər\

Simple Definition of vulture

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vulture

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a rapacious or predatory person

vulturish

play \-chə-rish\ adjective

Examples of vulture in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of vulture

Middle English vultur, from Anglo-French, from Latin


First Known Use: 14th century


VULTURE Defined for Kids

vulture

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noun vul·ture \ˈvəl-chər\

Definition of vulture for Students

  1. :  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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