vul·​tur·​ine | \ ˈvəl-chə-ˌrīn How to pronounce vulturine (audio) \

Definition of vulturine

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of vultures
2 : rapacious, predatory vulturine legislators

Examples of vulturine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To see how all 18 groups of vulturine guinea fowl interacted, the researchers attached GPS tags to a number of birds in each group. Katie Hunt, CNN, "These birds may have more friends than you," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of vulturine

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vulturine was in 1647

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28 Nov 2019

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“Vulturine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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very cautious or careful

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