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What do you call a bird turkey in Hindi?
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Why do people who live in turkey call themselves Turks?
What came first turkey the bird or turkey the country?
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In what country was the turkey considered a sacrificial bird?
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What country is the turkey considered a sacrificial bird?
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Why is the bird turkey called a turkey?
The Guineafowl originates from the Guinea region of Africa but in Europe it was often imported through Turkey, so it became known as the "Turkey Fowl". After European settlers travelled to America and discovered a similar bird, they mistook it for being a Guineafowl and the name Turkey became stuck with it. In Turkey the turkey is called something like the "Hindu bird". In India it's called the "Peruvian bird". The country itself never used the name "Turkey" until it became a republic in the 1920s. Before that it was called the Ottoman Empire, but European countries would often call it Turkey after the people who lived there - the Turks.