The definition of a vulture is a bird of prey with a bald, bright head and dark feathers, or a person who preys on others.noun
- An example of a vulture is the New World turkey vulture.
- An example of a vulture is a person who constantly scams elderly people out of their money.
- any of a number of large birds of prey with a naked, usually brightly colored head and dark plumage, including the (family Accipitridae) and the (family Cathartidae); esp., the New World turkey vulture: they feed chiefly or entirely on carrion and are found in tropical and temperate regions
- any greedy and ruthless person who preys on others
Origin: ME vultur < L, akin to vellere, to tear: see vulnerable
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- Any of various large birds of prey of the New World family Cathartidae or of the Old World family Accipitridae, characteristically having dark plumage and a featherless head and neck and generally feeding on carrion.
- A person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French voltour, from Latin vultur.