Variant of turkey
- any of a family (Meleagrididae) of large, gallinaceous North American birds with a small, naked head and spreading tail, including a wild or domesticated species (Meleagris gallopavo) bred as poultry and a wild species (Agriocharis ocellata) of Central America, with eyespots on the tail
- the flesh of a turkey
- ☆ Slang a failure: said esp. of a theatrical production
- ☆ Slang an inept, stupid, or unpleasant person
- ☆ Bowling three strikes in a row
Origin: earlier Turkey-cock, term orig. applied to the guinea fowl, sometimes imported through Turkey and for a time identified with the Am fowl
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