bi·​son | \ ˈbī-sᵊn How to pronounce bison (audio) , -zᵊn How to pronounce bison (audio) \
plural bison

Definition of bison

: any of several large living or extinct bovine mammals (genus Bison) that have a long, broad head, short, hollow horns, heavy forequarters, a large muscular hump across the shoulders, and a shaggy mane on the head and lower neck and that typically live and migrate in herds: such as

Other Words from bison

bisontine \ ˈbī-​sᵊn-​ˌtīn How to pronounce bison (audio) , -​zᵊn-​ \ adjective

Examples of bison in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Helena: Native American leaders throughout the state are pushing for the return of a sacred white bison that has been housed at the Montana State Historical Society since his death in 1959. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 On Monday, a bull bison at the park gored a 34-year-old Colorado man. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 1 July 2022 The park advised visitors to not stand their ground against a bison. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 On May 30, a 25-year-old Ohio woman was tossed 10 feet into the air when she was gored a bison. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 29 June 2022 The man is well past retirement age and has the constitution of a good-natured bison. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2022 Sometimes you’ll get stuck in traffic jams on the roads in Yellowstone when a bison will plant itself in the middle and not move for an hour. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 24 June 2022 The resulting boon for bison would be a boost for the region, according to Bustos. Andy Fies, ABC News, 11 June 2021 Just watch out for curious bison poking around camp! Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 21 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bison

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bison

Latin bisont-, bison, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wisant aurochs; akin to Old Prussian wissambrs aurochs

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“Bison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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bi·​son | \ ˈbī-sᵊn How to pronounce bison (audio) , -zᵊn \
plural bison

Kids Definition of bison

: a large animal with short horns and a shaggy mane that is related to the cows and oxen

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