Definition of bustard
: any of a family (Otididae) of large chiefly terrestrial Old World and Australian game birds
Origin of bustard
Middle English, modification of Middle French bistarde, from Old Italian bistarda, from Latin avis tarda, literally, slow bird
First Known Use: 15th century
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