vul·​ture | \ ˈvəl-chər How to pronounce vulture (audio) \

Definition of vulture

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 : a rapacious or predatory person

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vulturish \ ˈvəl-​chə-​rish How to pronounce vulture (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of vulture in a Sentence

As soon as they learned of his arrest, the media vultures started circling. noted that the paparazzi are vultures who could not exist without the connivance of the tabloid-buying public
Recent Examples on the Web The vulture stood for Upper Egypt, for instance, and the cobra for Lower Egypt; both were included in the regalia of Tut, who presided over the united regions. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 The 46 depictions of the goddesses envision them in the form of vulture bodies with outstretched wings. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 Distressed-debt investors, sometimes called vulture funds, typically flock to government bonds trading at such low prices. Matt Wirz And Alexander Saeedy, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 The California condor is a New World vulture and the largest North American bird. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 5 May 2022 The penguin, emu, vulture, and bald eagle exhibits have been temporarily closed since last month. Stephanie Wenger,, 4 Apr. 2022 Worcester County: The region hosted three sandhill cranes at the Bolton Flats in Bolton, two black vultures in Fitchburg, two more in Blackstone, a single black vulture in Hardwick, and a rough-legged hawk near the Uxbridge Community Garden., 5 Mar. 2022 Ad sales kept papers profitable and hid the decline in the recent past, as did thinner newspapers and fewer journalists at the office, until the current point of vulture media mogul-ism. Anthony Hennen, National Review, 26 Oct. 2021 Enter China, which is circling Central America like a vulture. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vulture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vulture

Middle English vultur, from Anglo-French, from Latin

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26 Jun 2022

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“Vulture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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vul·​ture | \ ˈvəl-chər How to pronounce vulture (audio) \

Kids Definition of vulture

: 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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