Definition of Turkey

1. Noun. Large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food.

Exact synonyms: Meleagris Gallopavo
Generic synonyms: Domestic Fowl, Fowl, Poultry
Group relationships: Genus Meleagris, Meleagris
Specialized synonyms: Gobbler, Tom, Tom Turkey, Turkey Cock

2. Noun. A Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923.

3. Noun. A person who does something thoughtless or annoying. "Some joker is blocking the driveway"
Exact synonyms: Joker
Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Person, Unpleasant Person

4. Noun. Flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted.
Generic synonyms: Poultry
Terms within: Breast, White Meat, Turkey Wing

5. Noun. An event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual. "The meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned"
Exact synonyms: Bomb, Dud
Generic synonyms: Bust, Fizzle, Flop
Derivative terms: Bomb

Definition of Turkey

1. n. An empire in the southeast of Europe and southwest of Asia.

2. n. 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 America.

Definition of Turkey

1. Proper noun. Country at the intersection of Europe and Asia on the Mediterranean. Official name: Republic of Turkey. ¹

2. Noun. Either of two species of bird in the genus ''Meleagris'' with fan-shaped tails and wattled necks. ¹

3. Noun. (colloquial) A failure. ¹

4. Noun. (slang usually mildly derogatory) A foolish or inept person. ¹

5. Noun. (bowling) The act of throwing three strikes in a row. ¹

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Definition of Turkey

1. a large American bird [n -KEYS]

Medical Definition of Turkey

1. 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 colouring and patterns from similar carpets made in India and elsewhere. Turkey oak. See Toilet sponge, under Sponge. Turkey stone, a kind of oilstone from Turkey; novaculite. Synonym: Turkey oilstone. Origin: Cf. 2d Turkey. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Turkey

turk's head
turkey (current term)
turkey buzzard
turkey cock
turkey drumstick
turkey frill
turkey frills
turkey gobbler neck

Literary usage of Turkey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"Jüdin R 231:328-43 Ap '15 Menace in the Near East; Germany and turkey. JE Barker. ... Liv Age 284:303-11 Ja 23 '15 turkey and German capitalists. ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"1841 ^or salaries of envoys extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary, as follows: To Chili and Peru, at ten thousand dollars each; to turkey, ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Under a few able rulers turkey rallied somewhat, and in 1683, when Mustafa ... Throughout the whole of Turkish history the relations of turkey with the two ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"The antagonism between Russia and turkey was, and remains to this day, partially due to the fact that the Turks are the successors of the Tartars. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"At the beginning of October turkey formally declared war; on the 22nd the ... The belief in the rejuvenation of turkey seemed to be justified; and when, ..."

6. Energy Policies of IEA Countries: 2005 Review by International Energy Agency (2005)
"Some important oil and gas transit pipeline projects are under way or nearing completion, which will improve the security of supply in turkey and make it an ..."

7. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1920)
"In September 1914, turkey denounced these restrictions, but her act called forth immediate protest, and the matter is to be dealt with by the Treaty of ..."

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