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It’s no coincidence that the bird we eat for Thanksgiving and a Middle Eastern country are both called Turkey. One was named after the other, and it all has to do with a 500-year-old story of emerging global trade, mistaken identity, foreign language confusion, and how the turkey took Europe by storm as a must-have status symbol for the ultra-wealthy.

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"Rebroadcast: Turkey is Both a Bird and a Country. Which Came First?" History on the Net
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November 28, 2021 <https://www.historyonthenet.com/rebroadcast-turkey-is-both-a-bird-and-a-country-which-came-first>
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