Here’s a little turkey-day trivia:
- When Europeans first encountered this bird, they mistakenly identified it as guinea-fowl, which were also known as turkey fowl because they were imported to Europe through Turkey.
- In Turkish, the bird is known as hindi, which means “from/related to India.”
- In Hindi, the bird is called peru, which is a borrowed word from Portuguese language.
- The Portuguese word peru refers, obviously, to the country Peru.
Had the Peruvians called the bird american, the circle would have been complete.
[Source: Wikipedia, HT: @manish_vij]