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Synonyms for vulture

any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion

someone who attacks in search of booty

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Do not the white men gather themselves together even now against U'Cetywayo, as vultures gather round a dying ox?
But," remarked Madame de Villefort, "all these circumstances which you link thus to one another may be broken by the least accident; the vulture may not see the fowl, or may fall a hundred yards from the fish-pond.
The country abounded with aquatic and land birds, such as swans, wild geese, brant, ducks of almost every description, pelicans, herons, gulls, snipes, curlews, eagles, vultures, crows, ravens, magpies, woodpeckers, pigeons, partridges, pheasants, grouse, and a great variety of singing birds.
Or put it, my juvenile friends," said Chadband, stimulated by the sound, "that the unnatural parents of this slumbering heathen--for parents he had, my juvenile friends, beyond a doubt--after casting him forth to the wolves and the vultures, and the wild dogs and the young gazelles, and the serpents, went back to their dwellings and had their pipes, and their pots, and their flutings and their dancings, and their malt liquors, and their butcher's meat and poultry, would THAT be Terewth?
Whoe'er I know shall shun th' impending fight, To dogs and vultures soon shall be a prey; For death is mine.
The first I marry, within the hour; the other shall dry her tears or feed the vultures.
A few crows were seen sweeping through the air, and, off on the horizon, a flock of vultures which, fortunately, however, kept at a distance.
And yet they hang about my uncle like vultures, and are afraid of a farthing going away from their side of the family.
The bones were in a fair state of preservation and indicated by their intactness that the flesh had probably been picked from them by vultures as none was broken; but the pieces of equipment bore out the suggestion of their great age.
A LION and a Boar, who were fighting for water at a pool, saw some vultures hovering significantly above them.
Wherever these animals are congregated on the rocks, there the vultures may be seen.
The trapper pointed to a flight of vultures, that were sailing over the plain at no great distance, and apparently in the direction in which the Pawnee had riveted his eye.
A hundred miles as the vulture flies, Senor, but much farther by river and road.
God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee; and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus; a vulture feeds upon that heart for ever; that vulture the very creature he creates.
While he was gazing on it and wondering what it could mean, he heard the sweeping of wings above him, and looking up he saw a huge vulture with open claws swooping down upon him.