Turk (?), n. [Per. Turk; probably of Tartar origin: cf. F. Turc.]
A member of any of numerous Tartar tribes of Central Asia, etc.; esp., one of the dominant race in Turkey.
A native or inhabitant of Turkey.
A Mohammedan; esp., one living in Turkey.
It is no good reason for a man's religion that he was born and brought up in it; for then a Turk would have as much reason to be a Turk as a Christian to be a Christian.
The plum weevil. See Curculio, and Plum weevil, under Plum.
Turk's cap. Bot. (a) Turk's-cap lily. See under Lily. (b) A tulip. (c) A plant of the genus Melocactus; Turk's head. See Melon cactus, under Melon. -- Turk's head. (a) Naut. A knot of turbanlike form worked on a rope with a piece of small line. R. H. Dana, Jr. (b) Bot. See Turk's cap (c) above. -- Turk's turban Bot., a plant of the genus Ranunculus; crowfoot.
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