Pronunciation: (tûr'kē), [key]
pl. -keys, (esp. collectively) -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 ocellated turkey.
4. Slang.
a. a person or thing of little appeal; dud; loser.
b. a naive, stupid, or inept person.
c. a poor and unsuccessful theatrical production; flop.
5. Bowling.three strikes in succession.
6. talk turkey, talk frankly; mean business.


Pronunciation: (tûr'kē), [key]
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. Ottoman Empire.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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