American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a vulture.
- adj. Rapacious; predatory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a vulture; of or pertaining to the Vulturinæ.
- Characteristic of a vulture, as in scenting carrion. Also vulturish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a vulture; resembling a vulture in qualities or looks
- adj. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“A smallish man with vulturine features framed by thick grey hair opened the door.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“A trio of hard-faced, vulturine men, they seemed both surprised and suspicious when they saw her beside Tonno's bed.”
“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.”
“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.”
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