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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) of Central and South America, having a white body with black wing and tail feathers, a bald head, and a prominent fleshy appendage on the beak.

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  • noun large black-and-white vulture of South America and Central America; have colorful wattles and wartlike protuberances on head and neck

Etymologies

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

[So called because it drives other vulture species away from carrion when feeding and is often the first to make a cut into a fresh carcass.]

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