vulturine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vulturine living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey "a predatory bird","the rapacious wolf","raptorial birds","ravening wolves","a vulturine taste for offal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vulturine Of or pertaining to a vulture; resembling a vulture in qualities or looks; as, the vulturine sea eagle (Gypohierax Angolensis); vulturine rapacity. "The vulturine nose, which smells nothing but corruption, is no credit to its possessor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vulturine Resembling a vulture; of or pertaining to the Vulturinæ.
    • vulturine Characteristic of a vulture, as in scenting carrion. Also vulturish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Vulturine like the vulture: rapacious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vulturinus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. voutour (Fr. vautour)—L. vultur; perh. from vellĕre, to pluck, to tear.

Usage

In literature:

Ruthven stood forward from the group, his reeking poniard clutched in his right hand, a grin distorting his ghastly, vulturine face.
"The Historical Nights' Entertainment" by Rafael Sabatini
We showed a Vulturine Parrot and a Kinkajou.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
Flint smiled a grim, vulturine smile as he read over the finished letters of instruction, a few minutes later.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
With golden arrows furnished with vulturine wings shot on all sides, let the firmament seem today to swarm with fire-flies.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Usually it keeps to rocky hills and mountains, over which it beats with a steady, sailing, vulturine flight.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
She could have posed for one of the Grimms' most vulturine witches.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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