noun \ˈbə-zərd\

: a kind of large bird that eats animals that are already dead

: a kind of large hawk

Full Definition of BUZZARD

chiefly British :  buteo
:  any of various usually large birds of prey (as the turkey vulture)
:  a contemptible or rapacious person

Examples of BUZZARD

  1. <the real estate buzzards were really putting pressure on the one homeowner who was still refusing to sell>
  2. <that crotchety old man can be a real buzzard when he's in a bad mood—which is usually the case>

Origin of BUZZARD

Middle English busard, from Old French, alteration of buison, from Latin buteon, buteo hawk
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chiefly British term for any of several birds of prey of the hawk genus Buteo (family Accipitridae) and, in North America, various New World vultures, especially the turkey vulture. In Australia, a large hawk of the genus Hamirostra is called a black-breasted buzzard. The buteos, also called buzzard hawks, can usually be distinguished when soaring by their broad wings and expansive rounded tail. The plumage of most species is dark brown above and white or mottled brown below; the tail and underside of the wings are usually barred. Buteos customarily prey on insects, small mammals, and occasionally birds. They nest in trees or on cliffs. Species range over much of the New World, Eurasia, and Africa. The red-tailed hawk, the most common North American buteo, is about 2 ft (60 cm) long.


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