2. From the family Cathartidae consisting of New World vultures and condors.
This family contains seven species of large carrion-feeding birds found in North and South America naked heads, often colored; wings are broad, up to 3.5 meters span; habits are solitary or gregarious, and monogamous; they usually nest on the ground or in tree hollows.
2. Any of various large diurnal (day) birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion.
3. A large bird of prey with usually dark feathers and broad wings that feeds on carrion; native to: Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
4. A person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature.
5. A person who attacks in search of booty, and who waits for the chance to exploit someone else when that other person is vulnerable.
6. Etymology: from Anglo-French vultur and Old French voultour, from Latin vultur and earlier voltur, perhaps related to vellere, "to pluck, to tear".
The extinction of Indian vultures.