Turkey was on my mind because Thanksgiving, a feasting holiday was coming soon. Turkeys received their name from:
8% said a. a group of settlers in the New World who were originally from Turkey
46% sad b. European settlers who thought it was an African bird called the turkey cock.
46% said c. European settlers who thought the birds head motions resembled a key turning in a lock – “turn-key” eventually became “turkey.”
Settlers in the New World mistook the American bird to be the African bird that is known now as the guinea fowl, believed to have originated in Turkey. This African bird was known at the time as the “turkey cock,” so the correct answer is b.