beef·​a·​lo ˈbē-fə-ˌlō How to pronounce beefalo (audio)
plural beefalo or beefaloes also beefalos
: any of a breed of beef cattle developed in the U.S. that is genetically ³/₈ North American bison and ⁵/₈ domestic bovine

Examples of beefalo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buddy, the cleaver-fleeing, freedom-loving beefalo that has been wandering the woods of Plymouth for more than eight months, was caught late Tuesday, possibly looking for love. Jesse Leavenworth,, 14 Apr. 2021 An aggressive beefalo that hoofed it from a Plymouth slaughterhouse almost a month ago remained at large Monday. Jesse Leavenworth,, 31 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, the legend of the Terryville beefalo grows, fed in part by the beast’s own Twitter account: @Beefalo30835628. Jesse Leavenworth,, 20 Nov. 2020 Buddy the wayward beefalo is still on the lam in Plymouth but the town’s police union has set up a GoFundMe page for Buddy’s bail and donations have topped $4,000 after one day. Lori Riley,, 7 Sep. 2020 The beefalo, originally from a Massachusetts farm, is believed to be in thick woods, Benecchi said. Jesse Leavenworth,, 28 Aug. 2020

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Word History


blend of beef entry 1 and buffalo entry 1

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beefalo was in 1973

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“Beefalo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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