Definitions

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  • n. A male turkey.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Con O'Neill plays Herod with a turkey-cock swagger.

    The Comedy of Errors; Salome; Lift: Life Streaming

  • This error then was compounded by confusion of the African bird known variously, depending on sex, as the turkey-cock or turkey-hen with the New World turkey, which was domesticated in Mexico prior to the Spanish invasion in 1518, and which is ancestral to the one we eat.

    Hugh Rawson: Fowl Talk for the Holidays

  • So in they came, the Doctor smirking, gallanting, and performing all the bustling parade of settled and arranged courtship, with much of that grace wherewith a turkey-cock goes through the same ceremony.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Parsons, looking, between his confused habiliments and his fiery visage (as Yeo told him to his face), “the very moral of a half-plucked turkey-cock.”

    Westward Ho!

  • There was neither Arlequin nor turkey-cock; but the thing appeared too serious; besides, certain people were very glad to mortify Rameau, who possessed great talents.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In this sublime piece, Arlequin, the servant of Samson, fights with a turkey-cock, whilst his master carries off the gates of Gaza on his shoulders.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock

    legends for moppets

  • “What has he done with his money?” asked a red-faced gentleman with a pendulous excrescence on the end of his nose, that shook like the gills of a turkey-cock.

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Stave 4 The Last of the Three Spirits | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • Her hair had that appearance of having been dressed by the turkey-cock, which is sometimes presented by the heads of young women in her situation; her mouth extended nearly from ear to ear; her neck and throat, which were always nearly bare, presented no feminine charms to view; and her short coarse petticoat showed her red legs nearly to the knee; for, except on Sundays, she knew not the use of shoes and stockings.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • Contemplation makes a rare turkey-cock of him: how he jets under his advanced plumes!

    Twelfth Night; or, What You Will

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