Meaning of turkey


Pronunciation: (tûr'kē), [key]
— pl. -keys, -key.
  1. a large, gallinaceous bird of the family Meleagrididae, esp. Meleagris gallopavo, of America, that typically has green, reddish-brown, and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and that is domesticated in most parts of the world. See illus. in next column.
  2. the flesh of this bird, used as food.
  3. See
    1. a person or thing of little appeal; dud; loser.
    2. a naive, stupid, or inept person.
    3. a poor and unsuccessful theatrical production; flop.
  4. three strikes in succession.
  5. to talk frankly; mean business.


Pronunciation: (tûr'kē), [key]
— n.
  1. a republic in W Asia and SE Europe. 40,000,000; 296,184 sq. mi. (767,120 sq. km). (286,928 sq. mi. (743,145 sq. km) in Asia; 9257 sq. mi. (23,975 sq. km) in Europe). Cap.: Ankara. Cf.
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