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The word turkey originates from a name that was first applied to a species of guinea fowl imported to England by merchants from Turkey in the 1500's.
Turkish traders also brought Indian corn from North America in the 1500's, which was similarly called 'Turkey corn'. When the North American bird we know as turkey was imported to England, it was associated with this guinea fowl called 'turkey'.

Turkey (bird) - Wikipedia

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The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. One species ... Several other birds that are sometimes called turkeys are not particularly closely related: the br...

Why Turkeys Are Called Turkeys - Today I Found Out

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Nov 4, 2010 ... Today I found out why turkeys are called turkeys. In the 16th century, when North American turkeys were first introduced en masse to Europe, ...

Turkey the Nation and Turkey the Bird - Are They Related ...

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Nov 23, 2016 ... Turkeys, as we know them, have fared better than their guinea fowl ... But our own native American turkeys (not yet called turkeys), were alos ...

Why A Turkey Is Called A Turkey : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR

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Nov 27, 2008 ... Hungarian carpet bags were called "Turkey bags." If a product came ... Wild forest birds like that were called "turkeys" at home. Why not use the ...

Why are turkeys called turkeys? | Reference.com

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Turkeys derive their name due to confusion over their place of origin when English-speakers first encountered the bird via trade. Turkeys are originally from the ...

A Thanksgiving riddle: Why are turkeys called turkeys? - Haaretz

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Nov 23, 2015 ... Every country in the world calls the turkey after some place else. Not one gets it right.

How Turkey Got Its Name | Now I Know

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Nov 23, 2010 ... So how did turkeys (the bird) end up being named so similarly to ... Those merchants were called “Turkey merchant” as much the area was part ...

Top 10 geeky turkey facts for conversation at Thanksgiving dinner ...

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Nov 19, 2012 ... Strangely, in many countries/languages (not just in English), turkeys are called by the names of other countries. For example, in Portuguese, ...

Twelve Unusual and Fascinating Facts About Wild Turkeys : The ...

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Nov 20, 2011 ... I found a number of interesting things about wild turkeys I didn't actually ... Adult male turkeys are called toms and females are called hens.