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Borrowed into Middle English from Anglo-Norman vultur, from Old French voutoir, voutre, from Latin vultur, voltur.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvʌltʃə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈvʌlt͡ʃɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ʌltʃə, -ʌltʃə(ɹ)
vulture (plural vultures)
- Any of several carrion-eating birds of the families Accipitridae and Cathartidae.
- (figurative, colloquial) A person who profits from the suffering of others.
- Within ten minutes of the accident, the vultures appeared and were organizing lawsuits.
- Synonyms: ambulance chaser, vampire
- Egyptian vulture
- griffon vulture
- turkey vulture
- culture vulture
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vulture (third-person singular simple present vultures, present participle vulturing, simple past and past participle vultured)
- (figurative, colloquial) To circle around one's target as if one were a vulture.
- Rudy vultured when asking the girl out.
- (obsolete) ravenous; rapacious
- 1593, [William Shakespeare], Venus and Adonis, London: […] Richard Field, […], →OCLC; Shakespeare’s Venus & Adonis: […], 4th edition, London: J[oseph] M[alaby] Dent and Co. […], 1896, →OCLC:
- Whose vultur thought doth pitch the price so hie,
That she will draw his lips rich treasure drie.
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