vulturine

adjective
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 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, "It's not just humans and apes who help each other. Parrots do too," 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, "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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Cite this Entry

“Vulturine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vulturine. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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