• Did it want a bit o' Turkey, then
    Did it want a bit o' Turkey, then
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n turkey large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
    • n turkey an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual "the first experiment was a real turkey","the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned"
    • n turkey flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted
    • n Turkey a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923
    • n turkey a person who does something thoughtless or annoying "some joker is blocking the driveway"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Father & Turkey Father & Turkey
Grandolph and the Wild Turkey Grandolph and the Wild Turkey
Children and turkeys Children and turkeys

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Annually Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving
    • pr. n Turkey A country in the southeast of Europe and southwest of Asia.
    • n Turkey tûr"kē (Zoöl) Any large American gallinaceous bird belonging to the genus Meleagris, especially the North American wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), and the domestic turkey, which was probably derived from the Mexican wild turkey, but had been domesticated by the Indians long before the discovery of America.☞ The Mexican wild turkey is now considered a variety of the northern species (var. Mexicana). Its tail feathers and coverts are tipped with white instead of brownish chestnut, and its flesh is white. The Central American, or ocellated, turkey (Meleagris ocellata) is more elegantly colored than the common species. See under Ocellated. The Australian, or native, turkey is a bustard (Choriotis australis). See under Native.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Turkeys have a wingspan of approximately 4.5 feet
    • n turkey A bag containing a lumber-jack's outfit.
    • n turkey An American gallinaceous bird of the genus Meleagris; any species of Meleagridæ. See the technical names. Turkeys are of two totally distinct species: one of these has two varieties, both widely known and with a long intricate history; the other species is practically unknown, except in ornithology.
    • n turkey The second species of Meleagris is M. ocellata, the ocellated turkey of Honduras and some other parts of Central America. This is much smaller and more beautiful than the other; the plumage is intensely lustrous, and in part eyed with iridescent ocelli, recalling those of the peacock; the bare head is deep-blue, studded with caruncles of an orange color, and no dewlap is developed.
    • n turkey With qualifying term, one of several different Australian birds which resemble or suggest the turkey. See phrases below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a year, the average Americans eats approximately 18 pounds of Turkey
    • n Turkey turk′i a large gallinaceous bird, a native of America—not Turkey
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen.”


Cold turkey - If someone suddenly stops taking drugs, instead of slowly cutting down, they do cold turkey.
Talk turkey - When people talk turkey, they discuss something frankly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called because it was formerly erroneously believed that it came originally from Turkey,: cf. F. Turquie, Turkey. See Turk


In literature:

These birds are the size of a turkey-cock; but they are lanker and more angular in form.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Turkey sends emigrants nowhere.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Turkey buzzard, turkey buzzard, your child is found.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
It was a proposition outlined by him which brought forward the first vital question, the partition of Turkey.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Maybe we're like the turkey.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
In short, the Turkey-trap presented an ever-open door.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The turkey is about as large as a goose, but its legs are longer, and it stands up higher.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
Sympathy is a great thing, and good to have, but Turkey to-day needs more.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Bulgaria, with her excellent army, was on the flank of Serbia and blocked the road to Turkey.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
There are my turkeys, monsieur.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

In poetry:

If he should see an old grey goose
Or a young turkey running loose,
You may be pretty certain that
He'd catch it with his lariat.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
He sailed east, he sailed west,
Until he came to famed Turkey,
Where he was taken and put to prison,
Until his life was quite weary.
"The Loving Ballad Of Lord Bateman" by Andrew Lang
Wal, Thanksgivin' do be comin' round.
With the price of turkeys on the bound,
And coal, by gum! Thet were just found,
Is surely gettin' cheaper.
"Ezra on the Strike" by Ezra Pound
So Medoo leaves Turkey and goes to France,
Expecting to find his boy there perhaps by chance;
And while there in Paris he was told
His boy by an Arab had been sold
"Little Popeet - the Lost Child" by William Topaz McGonagall
And I, myself, have often heard
Their singing as the stars went by,
For am I not of those who reared
The banner of old Ireland high,
From Dublin town to Turkey's shores,
And where the Vardar loudly roars?
"At Currabwee" by Francis Ledwidge
John A. Calhoun, my Joe John, the "Turkey" let alone;
My name is very humble, John, but then it is my own.
"There's nothing in a name," John, and this you ought to know,
That actions are the cards that win, John A. Calhoun, my Joe.
"John A. Calhoun, My Joe John" by David John Scott

In news:

LOS ANGELES — Turkeys: Main course or animal companion.
There has been a lethal upsurge in ultra-nationalist feeling in Turkey.
His case, along with many others, are raising concerns about Turkey and its model democracy in the Middle East.
Turkey or bears or something like that.
Spring turkey hunting requires sizable bag of tricks .
Posted on April 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm by Ron Henry Strait in hunting, turkey.
Tracy Lawrence cooks a turkey.
In this image taken on Oct 8, a cider brined turkey is shown in Concord, N.H. CIDER- BRINED TURKEY WITH SAGE GRAVY.
Good cooks know a brined turkey is a juicy turkey.
1 turkey producer commissions fast-track renovation of Turkey, NC, mash mill featuring complete pelleting, storage and rail expansions.
Don Blake stands amid a flock of turkeys on his Renick, W.Va. Farm, where he raises turkeys.
Learn all about wild turkeys on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10 am, when the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum presents Turkey Tales at the Outdoor Discovery Center.
If the opening day of spring turkey season is Christmas, the opening day of fall turkey season is some lesser holiday.
More than 5,000 frozen turkeys were given away to the public during last year's turkey giveaway.
Turkey pot pie, turkey casserole, turkey soup.

In science:

Berker acknowledges support by the Academy of Sciences of Turkey.
Strong Violation of Critical Phenomena Universality: Wang-Landau Study of the 2d Blume-Capel Model under Bond Randomness
Sankur from Bogazici University in Turkey for his careful review and comments.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
Yakaryılmaz and Say were partially supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (T ¨UB ˙ITAK) with grant 108142.
Quantum computation with devices whose contents are never read
One of the authors (YY) would like to thank the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (T ¨UB ˙ITAK) for partial financial support.
Random field effects on the phase diagrams of spin-1/2 Ising model on a honeycomb lattice
One of the authors (YY) would like to thank the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (T ¨UB ˙ITAK) for partial financial support.
Effective field theory analysis of 3D random field Ising model on isometric lattices