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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," 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.
Again partaking of a few mouthfuls of the unsavory flesh of Ska, the vulture, the ape-man arose with something of his old force and set out with steady gait toward the hills of promise rising alluringly ahead.
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.
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 another man had talked to Espado the Vulture as well as he.
The Achaeans shall give him all due funeral rites, while dogs and vultures shall work their will upon yourself.
Though Priam son of Dardanus should bid them offer me your weight in gold, even so your mother shall never lay you out and make lament over the son she bore, but dogs and vultures shall eat you utterly up.
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 passed the place where Tom had slain the jaguar, but nothing was left but the bones; the ants, vultures and jungle animals having picked them clean in the night.
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.
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.
These vulture deaths coincide with a spate of other retaliatory poisonings across Africa where on February 15, six lions and 72 vultures were reported to have been poisoned in the Ruaha-Katavi landscape, Tanzania.
Muscat: The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) has said that a young Egyptian vulture it tagged has died of electrocution, which has become a major threat to endangered species.