Pronunciation: (vul'chur), [key]
1. any of several large, primarily carrion-eating Old World birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, often having a naked head and less powerful feet than those of the related hawks and eagles.
2. any of several superficially similar New World birds of the family Cathartidae, as the turkey vulture.
3. a person or thing that preys, esp. greedily or unscrupulously: That vulture would sell out his best friend.
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