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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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A LION and a Boar, who were fighting for water at a pool, saw some vultures hovering significantly above them.
But another man had talked to Espado the Vulture as well as he.
Weller wended his way back to the George and Vulture, and faithfully recounted to his master, such indications of the sharp practice of Dodson & Fogg, as he had contrived to pick up in his visit to Mrs.
But the retreat had been hurried and the vultures and the good Samaritans would have to look to the dead.
I went to see them when the vultures and the jackals had done their work.
Do not the white men gather themselves together even now against U'Cetywayo, as vultures gather round a dying ox?
They were the dead of the Indian villages, carried by the Ganges to the level of the sea, and which the vultures, the only undertakers of the country, had not been able to devour.
Stranger," said they, "you shall pay for shooting people in this way: you shall see no other contest; you are a doomed man; he whom you have slain was the foremost youth in Ithaca, and the vultures shall devour you for having killed him.
The fort was strewed with the mouldering bodies of the slain; while vultures soared aloft, or sat brooding on the trees around; and Indian dogs howled about the place, as if bewailing the death of their masters.
As when some mighty forest is all ablaze--the eddying gusts whirl fire in all directions till the thickets shrivel and are consumed before the blast of the flame--even so fell the heads of the flying Trojans before Agamemnon son of Atreus, and many a noble pair of steeds drew an empty chariot along the highways of war, for lack of drivers who were lying on the plain, more useful now to vultures than to their wives.
Whoe'er I know shall shun th' impending fight, To dogs and vultures soon shall be a prey; For death is mine.
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.
The lions shall lap it and roar, the vultures shall wash their wings in it and shriek with joy.
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.