noun Bo·tau·rus \bōˈtȯrəs\

Definition of Botaurus

  1. :  a genus of birds (family Ardeidae) comprising the typical bitterns

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Origin and Etymology of botaurus

New Latin, modification (influenced by Latin bos cow and Latin taurus bull) of Middle English botor bittern & Old French butor bittern; Middle English botor from Middle French butor, from Old French — more at bittern, cow, steer

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a brief usually trivial fact

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