Definitions for vultureˈvʌl tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vul•tureˈvʌl tʃər(n.)

  1. any of several large, naked-headed New World birds of prey of the family Cathartidae that soar at a high altitude seeking carrion.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. any of several superficially similar Old World birds of the family Accipitridae.

    Category: Ornithology

  3. a person or thing that preys, esp. greedily or unscrupulously.

Origin of vulture:

1325–75; ME < L vultur

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vulture(noun)

    any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion

  2. marauder, predator, vulture, piranha(noun)

    someone who attacks in search of booty

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vulture(noun)ˈvʌl tʃər

    a large bird that feeds on dead animals


  1. vulture(Noun)

    Any of several carrion-eating birds of the families Accipitridae and Cathartidae.

  2. vulture(Noun)

    A person who profits from the suffering of others.

    Within ten minutes of the accident, the vultures appeared and were organizing lawsuits.

  3. Origin: From vultur, voltur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulture(noun)

    any one of numerous species of rapacious birds belonging to Vultur, Cathartes, Catharista, and various other genera of the family Vulturidae


  1. Vulture

    Vulture is the name given to two groups of convergently evolved scavenging birds: the New World Vultures, including the well-known Californian and Andean Condors; and the Old World Vultures, including the birds that are seen scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on African plains. New World Vultures are found in North and South America; Old World Vultures are found in Europe, Africa and Asia, meaning that between the two groups, vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers. This helps to keep the head clean when feeding. Research has shown that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation. A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. The word Geier does not have a precise meaning in ornithology; it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of large bird of prey feeding chiefly on dead bodies.

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