Thursday, November 24, 2011


Turkey \TUR-kee\ , noun;
Ah, the turkey. The noble, native American bird we so adore for Thanksgiving feasts. So how did it come to be named after Turkey?
It was simply a case of mistaken identity. When Europeans landed in the Americas they mistook this previously unknown bird for the Guineafowl, which is native to Africa (formerly meleagris). At the time, that bird was called a turkey-cock or turkey-hen (depending on gender) because it came to Europeans through Turkish dominions. Eventually the mistake was sorted out, but in the meantime both turkey and meleagris stuck as names for the American fowl.
A Guineafowl (source)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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