Definition of black vulture in English:

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black vulture


1A large, aggressive American vulture with black plumage and a short square tail. Also called carrion crow.
  • Coragyps atratus, family Cathartidae.
Example sentences
  • The three vulture species in North America, the turkey vulture, black vulture, and California condor, are in the family cathartidae.
  • Huge, black vultures soar over canyon, desert and forest, circling nimbly on updrafts.
  • I don't see any black vultures but I do see the better soaring turkey vultures and a number of hawks.
2A very large Old World vulture with blackish-brown plumage, now rare in Europe. Also called cinereous vulture.
  • Aygypius monachus, family Accipitridae.
Example sentences
  • Snow lay thin on the dunes, while a black vulture cruised above my head.
  • We deal with everything from the smallest white-eye to a black vulture, from hedgehogs to jackals.
  • The black stork, black vulture, and endangered Spanish imperial eagle are among the 42 species of birds that depend on the cork woodlands.

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Syllabification: black vul·ture

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