from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a vulture.
  • adj. Rapacious; predatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to vultures.
  • adj. Predaceous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vulture; resembling a vulture in qualities or looks

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a vulture; of or pertaining to the Vulturinæ.
  • Characteristic of a vulture, as in scenting carrion. Also vulturish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey


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  • If Captain Ducie's features were aquiline, those of the stranger might be termed vulturine -- long, lean, narrow, with a thin, high-ridged nose, and a chin that was pointed with a tuft of thick, black hair.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 2, February, 1891

  • I was fishing an Ailsa's Elver, named after my god-daughter, a gorgeous fly of blue and black with a vulturine guinea fowl feather running its length.

    Salmon are back in Scottish rivers in force, and as elusive as ever

  • "Speed-the-Plow," in which a pair of vulturine Hollywood executives wrangle over the shapely carcass of a not-so-innocent secretary, was first seen in 1988 in a production that starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna, a cast about which New York playgoers are still talking.

    Life in Hell, Hollywood Style

  • A smallish man with vulturine features framed by thick grey hair opened the door.

    The Shadow of the Wind

  • And though he was thin to the point of scrawniness, at some time in the not too distant past he must have grown enormously fat, for the flesh of his face had fallen into crevices, and vast hollow wattles transformed his neck into a vulturine travesty.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • Just as Tannim had said, there were things lurking about the pimps, vulturine creatures of shifting shape and shadow, watching and waiting with infinite patience.

    The Chrome Borne

  • They were of a hundred varieties: black and white ibis with vulturine heads, sacred to the goddess of the river; flights of honking geese in russet plumage, each with a ruby droplet in the centre of its chest; herons of greenish-blue or midnight black, with bills like swords and ponderous wing-beats; and ducks in such profusion that their numbers challenged the eye and the credibility of the beholder.

    River God

  • A trio of hard-faced, vulturine men, they seemed both surprised and suspicious when they saw her beside Tonno's bed.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • An anguished and difficult friend, a barroom fighter, an impulsive giver of gifts, a Catholic suicide — the Breece Pancake of these short memoirs conforms almost too patly to the image of the doomed young writer so cherished by a romantic and vulturine public.

    Violent Places

  • Arjuna then with many shafts of his equipt with vulturine feathers cut off into fragments, that mace of his advancing foe which was adorned with bright gold.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18


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  • Good word.

    February 20, 2008

  • "However, in time the Strasburg pie, the smoked tongue, the other side-dishes, a noble Minorcan cheese, dessert and a capital port overlaid the unfortunate, even vulturine memory of the geese pie."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 95

    February 20, 2008