Definitions for: Turkey

[n] large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
[n] wild turkey of Central and northern South America
[n] 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] flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted
[n] a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1923
[n] a person who does something thoughtless or annoying; "some joker is blocking the driveway"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tur"key, n. [Cf. 2d Turkey.]
An empire in the southeast of Europe and southwest of Asia.

Turkey carpet, a superior kind of carpet made in Asia Minor
and adjoining countries, having a deep pile and composed
of pure wool with a weft of different material. It is
distinguishable by its coloring and patterns from similar
carpets made in India and elsewhere.

Turkey oak. (Bot.) See Cerris.

Turkey red.
(a) A brilliant red imparted by madder to cottons, calicoes,
etc., the fiber of which has been prepared previously
with oil or other fatty matter.
(b) Cloth dyed with this red.

Turkey sponge. (Zo["o]l.) See Toilet sponge, under

Turkey stone, a kind of oilstone from Turkey; novaculite;
-- called also Turkey oilstone.

Tur"key, n.; pl. Turkeys. [So called because it was
formerly erroneously believed that it came originally from
Turkey: cf. F. Turquie Turkey. See Turk.] (Zo["o]l.)
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

Note: The Mexican wild turkey is now considered a variety of
the northern species (var. Mexicana). Its tall feathers
and coverts are tipped with white instead of brownish
chestnut, and its flesh is white. The Central American,
or ocellated, turkey (M. 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.

Turkey beard (Bot.), a name of certain American perennial
liliaceous herbs of the genus Xerophyllum. They have a
dense tuft of hard, narrowly linear radical leaves, and a
long raceme of small whitish flowers. Also called
turkey's beard.

Turkey berry (Bot.), a West Indian name for the fruit of
certain kinds of nightshade (Solanum mammosum, and {S.

Turkey bird (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck. So called because it
erects and ruffles the feathers of its neck when
disturbed. [Prov. Eng.]

Turkey buzzard (Zo["o]l.), a black or nearly black buzzard
(Cathartes aura), abundant in the Southern United
States. It is so called because its naked and warty head
and neck resemble those of a turkey. Its is noted for its
high and graceful flight. Called also turkey vulture.

Turkey cock (Zo["o]l.), a male turkey.

Turkey hen (Zo["o]l.), a female turkey.

Turkey pout (Zo["o]l.), a young turkey. [R.]

Turkey vulture (Zo["o]l.), the turkey buzzard.

Synonyms: Agriocharis ocellata, bomb, dud, joker, Meleagris gallopavo, ocellated turkey, Republic of Turkey

See Also: Abydos, Adalia, Adana, Adrianople, Adrianopolis, Aegospotami, Aegospotamos, Agriocharis, Anatolia, Ankara, Antakiya, Antakya, Antalya, Antioch, Ararat, Aras, Araxes, Asia Minor, Balkan Peninsula, Balkans, Bosporus, breast, Brusa, Bursa, bust, capital of Turkey, Constantinople, country, Dardanelles, Dardanelles campaign, disagreeable person, domestic fowl, Edirne, Euphrates, Euphrates River, flop, fowl, gallinaceon, gallinaceous bird, genus Agriocharis, genus Meleagris, gobbler, Hellespont, Istanbul, Izmir, land, Meleagris, Middle East, Mount Ararat, Mt. Ararat, NATO, Near East, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, poultry, poultry, Seyhan, Seyhan River, Smyrna, Stamboul, Stambul, state, Tigris, Tigris River, tom, tom turkey, Turk, turkey cock, turkey wing, Turkish capital, unpleasant person, white meat

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