bison

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noun bi·son \ˈbī-sən, -zən\

Definition of bison

plural

bison

  1. :  any of several large shaggy-maned usually gregarious recent or extinct bovine mammals (genus Bison) having a large head with short horns and heavy forequarters surmounted by a large fleshy hump: such asa :  wisentb :  buffalo 1c(1)

bisontine

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Origin and Etymology of bison

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


First Known Use: circa 1611

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BISON Defined for English Language Learners

bison

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noun bi·son \ˈbī-sən, -zən\

Definition of bison for English Language Learners

  • : a large, hairy wild animal that has a big head and short horns


BISON Defined for Kids

bison

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noun bi·son \ˈbī-sən, -zən\

Definition of bison for Students

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bison

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



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