vul·​tur·​ine ˈvəl-chə-ˌrīn How to pronounce vulturine (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of vultures
: rapacious, predatory
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Examples of vulturine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Puffins have been observed using tools, and vulturine guinea fowls in Kenya have been found to display complex social behavior more typically found in mammals. Katie Hunt, CNN, 9 Jan. 2020 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, 4 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Vulturine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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