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Ltryptophan's avatar

What came first the bird or the country?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10206points) March 5th, 2010

Turkey… What is going on? I just found the answer but I thought we could all benefit from knowing this. If you like here is the link to the wiki(bird)

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dpworkin's avatar

The turkey is a pre-Colombian New World bird.

erichw1504's avatar

It’s thought that Turkey was named after the people the Turks.

Strauss's avatar

Early European settlers mistook the turkey for a type of guineafowl that was imported through Turkey. Wikipedia(bird).

It doesn’t look like the markup likes that link. it is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey(bird)_

lilikoi's avatar

But was the country named after the bird or was the bird named after the country?

erichw1504's avatar

@lilikoi Neither. Read my answer.

lilikoi's avatar

So the country was named after the people?

Grisson's avatar

@lilikoi As are many countries. (e.g. England, France)

ucme's avatar

The bird of course.“Don’t you know about the bird?Well everybody knows that the bird is the word”

Strauss's avatar

@lilikoi The bird was named for the country which was named for the people.

As I was going to Saint Ives…

davidbetterman's avatar

An interesting side note. Ben Franklin was all for making the turkey the national bird for the USA.
But the carrion scavenger eagle won out.

davidbetterman's avatar

@erichw1504 I would have preferred the boobie Ooops, not that one…this Boobie!

Grisson's avatar

@davidbetterman Yes, that first was actually a pair of boobies in an artificial habitat.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@davidbetterman those look delicious.

davidbetterman's avatar

LOL @both of you!

erichw1504's avatar

@davidbetterman What’s funny is that I can view the first image, but the second one is blocked at work.

Strauss's avatar

@erichw1504 that is too funny!

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