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Turkey (bird)

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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 ... Turkey Strut Today I found out why turkeys are called turkeys. In the 16th century, when North American turkeys were first introduced en masse ...

Turkey the bird and the nation - why do they share a name ...

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Nov 24, 2015 ... When settlers in the New World began to send similar-looking fowl back to Europe, they were mistakenly called turkeys. Every language seems ...

Why Americans Call Turkey 'Turkey' - The Atlantic

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Nov 26, 2014 ... Turkey, which has no native turkeys, does not call turkey "turkey. ... The French originally called the American bird poulet d'Inde (literally ...

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 ...

Why do turkey (animal) and Turkey (country) share the same name ...

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Turkeys (the birds) are originally from the Americas. ... In other countries it is called different names, referring to the geographical origin, and mostly getting it ...

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 ...

The Turkey's Turkey Connection - The New York Times

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Nov 28, 2013 ... Early explorers reported vast flocks of turkeys nesting in the magnolia ... merchants, and so, soon enough, the bird just got called the turkey.

Gobble, Gobble! 6 Fun Facts About Turkeys - Live Science

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Nov 23, 2014 ... ... use of stones to break down food, here are six fun facts about turkeys. ... There's a reason that male turkeys are called "gobblers" — they're ...

Animal Facts - Turkeys - Vegan Peace

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A young male turkey is called a jake and a young female is called a jenny. A group of wild turkeys is called a flock, a group of domesticated turkeys is commonly ...

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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'.
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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 ...

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.

What is the story behind why a group of turkeys is called a Rafter ...

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The etymology is simple. Raft means collection: raft (n.2) "large collection," 1830, variant of raff "heap, large amount," from Middle English raf (compare r...