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Turkey appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Cook "Cookie" Turk took Kookie Kirk a turkey cookie.
    (by Marnie Singer)

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun turkey:


The word turkey is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun turkey

What does turkey mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • turkey: turkeys
  • Turkey: -

  1. large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • scientific name: Meleagris gallopavo
    • more generic terms: domestic fowl / fowl / poultry = a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
    • more specific terms: turkey cock / tom turkey / gobbler / tom = male turkey
    • member of: genus Meleagris / Meleagris = type genus of the Meleagrididae: wild and domestic turkeys
    • young animal: poult
    • female animal: hen
    • male animal: tom / gobbler / stag / jake (immature)
    • collective noun: gang / rafter
    • culinary noun for meat: poultry
    • geographic area: Middle America, North America, Oceania
    • observational distribution: specimen and observational data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Network (not necessarily true occurrence density gradients)
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  2. a person who does something thoughtless or annoying
  3. flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: poultry = flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
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  4. an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual
    • example: the first experiment was a real turkey
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of turkey: bomb / dud
    • more generic words: bust / fizzle / flop = a complete failure

Alternative definition of the noun turkey


  1. Either of two species of bird in the genus Meleagris with fan-shaped tails and wattled necks.
  2. [colloquial] A failure.
  3. [slang, usually, mildly derogatory] A foolish or inept person.
  4. [bowling] The act of throwing three strikes in a row.

Specialised definition of the noun turkey

Glossary of sports / bowling

three straight strikes

Glossary of sports / boxing

three successive strikes (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic largely located in Western Asia with the smaller portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.

Phrases with Turkey

Phrases starting with the word Turkey:

  1. Turkey Day
  2. turkey leg
  3. turkey oak
  4. turkey pea
  5. turkey red
  6. Turkey-Hen
  7. turkey cock
  8. turkey corn
  9. turkey gnat
  10. Turkey Peas
  11. Turkey slap
  12. turkey stew
  13. turkey trot
  14. turkey wing
  15. turkey-cock

Phrases ending with the word Turkey:

  1. tom turkey
  2. cold turkey
  3. Jive Turkey
  4. talk turkey
  5. Wild Turkey

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Turkey

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (1969)


A fryerroaster turkey is a young immature turkey (usually under 16 weeks of age), of either sex, that is tender-meated with Soft,

A mature or old turkey is an old turkey of either sex (usually in excess of 15 months of age) with coarse skin and ...

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1988)

A young torn turkey is a young male turkey (usually 5 to 7 months of age) that Is tender- meated with soft, pliable,

A mature or old turkey is an old turkey of either sex (usually in excess of 15 months of age) with coarse skin and toughened ...

Google previewUnderstanding Global Cultures (2004)

Metaphorical Journeys Through 28 Nations, Clusters of Nations, and Continents by Martin J. Gannon

Turkey is a remarkable land of contrasts that joins the continents of Asia and Europe. It has elements of...

Google previewEuropean Energy Security (2011)

Turkey's Future Role and Impact by M. Biresselioglu

Here, Turkey is the strongest and only viable candidate as a major transit route for GCS regional hydrocarbon reserves towards the EU.

Turkey is an observer to the Energy Security Treaty, part of the Treaty Establishing an Energy Community with South East Europe.14 This...

Besides these, Turkey is a part of the EU-supported Energy Efficiency Finance Facility16 and the 'Encouraged' project.17 It is ...

Google previewPolitical Economy of Taxation (2016)

by Sacit Hadi Akdede, Sultan Salur, İsmail Kitapcı, Savaş Çevik, Ramazan Kılıç, Timur Türgay, Fatma Turna, Burak Kozalı, Nihan Kurtulmaz, Aykut Aydın, Osman Geyik, Erkan Kılıçer, Gözde Nalbant Efe, Müge Yetkin Ataer, Sinan Ataer, Medine Akbaba, Dilek Akbaş Akdoğan, Barış Aytekin, İrfan Kalaycı, Onur Sezer

Sami Tan Turkey is a political/politically polarized country! What this statement means goes beyond the political interests that major groups/classes in a society might have. It is discussed in depth in the political ...

Google previewWorld History, Journeys from Past to Present (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris. One species, Meleagris gallopavo , commonly known as the Wild Turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The domestic turkey is a descendant of this species. The other living species is ...

Google previewThe Constitution for Europe and an Enlarging Union (2005)

Unity in Diversity? by Kirstyn Inglis, Andrea Ott

Thus the Association Agreement Turkey is the bilateral legal basis for the association but it is the Accession...

Google previewA Concise History of the Middle East (2016)

World history, Western Asia by CTI Reviews

A turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris. One species, Meleagris gallopavo , commonly known as the Wild Turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The domestic turkey is a descendant of this species. The other living species is ...

Google previewPoultry World (1878)

THB NARRAGANSETT TURKEY is a fine variety, well known in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and portions of Massachusetts, where thousands arc now, and for years have been, bred ...

Google previewThe Teenage World (2013)

Adolescents’ Self-Image in Ten Countries by Daniel Offer, Eric Ostrov, K.I. Howard, R. Atkinson

Turkey With a history going back more than 2,600 years, Turkey is the 19th most populous country in the world, with 50 million people concentrated in the west and along the coastal areas of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. It has one of ...

Google previewQuick and Easy Cooking

Meals in Minutes

turKEy pasta saucE Ground turkey is the perfect addition to a classic pasta sauce; serve over a fun pasta shape Pasta and a rich tomato sauce is...

Adding ground turkey is an excellent way to add protein, flavor, and texture to any pasta sauce.

Google previewComplete Dictionary Catalogue of the Public School Library of Grand Rapids, Michigan (1892)

by Grand Rapids Public Library (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Turkey. Turgehieff (Turgenef, or Turgenev), Ivan S., Russian poet and novelist. Continued. — Virgin soil. (1877.) ( Leisure hour ser.) [Recent political condition of Russia.]. . .T.100 — James, H:, jr.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds (2001)

by Janet Vorwald Dohner

prehensive turkey censuses and reports, collecting information on both the Wild turkey and all known surviving varieties and strains in both Canada and the United States. These studies are extremely valuable and timely. In early 1999, the ...

Google previewExporters' Encyclopaedia (1918)

Turkey ...

Google previewThe Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789 (2011)

by Nicholas Atkin, Michael Biddiss, Frank Tallett

Balkan Entente A defensive agreement signed in February 1934 by YUGOSLAVIA, ROMANIA, GREECE, and Turkey (see TURKEY AND EUROPE). BULGARIA declined to join its neighbors ...

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Quotes about Turkey

You may keep Turkey on the map of Europe, you may call the country by the name of Turkey if you like, but do not think you can keep up the Mahommedan rule in the country. (Richard Cobden)
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Scrabble value of T1U1R1K5E1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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