zopilote (plural zopilotes)
- A New World vulture of the family Cathartidae, especially the black vulture (Coragyps atratus).
- 2016, Lawrence Swaim, Dangerous Pilgrims:
- I was laying absolutely still in the cab of the wrecked truck —I had the crazy idea that if I did not move, I would bleed less—and I looked out of the hole where the windshield had been and saw a zopilote perched on the hood of the truck.
- IPA(key): (Spain) /θopiˈlote/ [θo.piˈlo.t̪e]
- IPA(key): (Latin America) /sopiˈlote/ [so.piˈlo.t̪e]
- Rhymes: -ote
- Syllabification: zo‧pi‧lo‧te
zopilote m (plural zopilotes)
Usage notes edit
- Zopilote is used predominantly in Mexico and some parts of Central America; buitre is used as the official term in Spain, Central America & elsewhere. Chupilote is an interesting variation among people in central Mexico, probably a conflation with the verb chupar, meaning "to suck". In Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador it's known as gallinazo.