vulturous

Definitions

  • Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
    Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vulturous 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

The vulture in his tub The vulture in his tub

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Miami, Florida, roosting vultures have taken to snatching poodles from rooftop patios
    • a Vulturous Like a vulture; rapacious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For hundreds of years, the people of Poona, India, have disposed of their dead by carrying the corpses to the top of a tower and letting the vultures eat them.
    • vulturous Like or characteristic of a vulture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vultures fly without flapping their wings.
    • adjs Vulturous like the vulture: rapacious
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Quotations

  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.”

Idioms

Vultures are circling - If the vultures are circling, then something is in danger and its enemies are getting ready for the kill.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Once settled in the bungalow awaiting us, the first thing we were struck with in Bombay was the millions of crows and vultures.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
Only a vulture would stay for long in this house of the dead.
"The People Of The Mist" by H. Rider Haggard
Like frighted pigeons when the vulture darts upon the dovecot.
"Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
And the wild eagle, built their nests around it, and the mountain vultures screamed about its doors.
"The Story of Siegfried" by James Baldwin
Eagles, vultures, ravens and wolves were greedily devouring the dead bodies with which the ground was covered.
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
A female Prometheus, even without a vulture, would indicate cruelty worse even than Jove's.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
A vulture, almost lost in the blackness of the shadows, is tugging at his vitals.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
Hear me, thou with the vulture's blood-lust, and the peacock's vain joy in the gaudy plume!
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Life again awoke in the serpent and the tiger, the scorpion moved, and the vulture flapped its wings.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Maybe I'll lose my life and the vultures will pick my bones, just as they did poor Plum's.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
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In poetry:

The City of the smoky fray;
A prodded ox, it drags and moans:
Its Morrow no man's child; its Day
A vulture's morsel beaked to bones.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
Flapping fierce her gory pinions,
Whetting sharp her crimson beak,
Vulture War her barbarous minions,
Calls her ghastly prey to seek.
"Lines Suggested" by Janet Hamilton
Yet they who use the Word assigned,
To hearten and make whole,
Not less than Gods have served mankind,
Though vultures rend their soul.
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
But from the craggy hills above,
A shadow darken'd o'er the sward;
For there—a vulture to this dove—
Hung the rude fortress of the lord;
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Like vultures that sweep from the passes
To come to the feast of the dead,
In black, heavy, motionless masses
Their mighty battalions are spread.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
Shall heaven and earth hear one cry sent
Even from the hideous gibbet height,
'Praise to the Lord Omnipotent,
The vultures have a feast to-night.'
"The World's Lover" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

The device will be deployed in a neighborhood where complaints of vultures causing damages have risen.
Vultures are returning to Radford.
Va's Vulture Fest now includes all wild birds .
The culture vultures should stop picking on actress Zoe Saldana.
"There's a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism ," Perry told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
Vultures circle Hickory Hollow in search of value.
Indie-pop duo Cults, who released their well-received self-titled debut earlier this year (and then talked to Vulture about it), are planning an ambitious project.
Vulture has learned that two years after Reno 911.
'Vultures' Swoop In For Deals In Debt- Ridden Spain.
Driving through gates pass we came accross this vulture eating a freshly killed snake.
Vulture Talks to Selita Ebanks, the Star of Kanye's Movie.
If the Fed chairman pulls this off, the vultures will have little to eat.
Lt Todd Foreman tells The News & Advance that the goal is to get the vultures to move to an area where they're not causing damage.
Foreman says the vultures have damaged cars and roofs.
The result is necessarily one-sided, although not remotely as bad as other articles I might mention, and the real fault here lies with the vultures , rather than with the reporter.
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In science:

From a user’s point of view, lack of coherence results in semantic drift, e.g. en:Pipeline and en:Vulture are connected by a series of interlanguage links which are supposed to model equivalence (cf.
Scale-free topology of the interlanguage links in Wikipedia
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