Why Is Turkey Called ‘Turkey’?
Hint: The country came first. Amid a tangled web of colonial misunderstandings, the English apparently mistook the native American birds for guinea fowl, which first came to Europe via Constantinople, in Turkey. But if you delve into the word’s etymology in other languages, you find more misunderstandings: The Turkish term for turkeys is hindi , presumably because they thought they came from India, and the French word dinde implies the same. If you’re aiming for authenticity, the Blackfoot tribe use omahksipi’kssii , which translates to “big bird.”