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

Definition of bison

: 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 as
a : wisent

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

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Getty In Yellowstone National Park, bull bison can weigh in at 2,000 pounds and run at 35 mph. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why People Keep Trying to Pet Animals at National Parks," 7 Aug. 2019 Park officials say there were no bison crashes last year, and in 2017 two were hit but did not die. USA TODAY, "Momoa at Mauna Kea, Confederate context, Guthrie garbage tribute: News from around our 50 states," 2 Aug. 2019 Its message is that, just as bison once sustained indigenous people in North America, so education will secure their cultural survival. The Economist, "Indigenous peoplesCanada’s indigenous peoples are claiming new rights and resources," 25 July 2019 Yellowstone is home to 4,527 bison, according to an August 2018 estimate. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Video: Bison charges child, tosses her into the air at Yellowstone National Park," 24 July 2019 This is far from the first time there has been a clash between humans and Yellowstone bison. Kelli Bender,, "Bison in Yellowstone National Park Charges Group, Flips and Injures 9-Year-Old Girl," 24 July 2019 Its Senator's Steakhouse serves fresh bison burgers and short ribs. Dina Mishev, Dallas News, "In Cheyenne, the Wild West hasn't been totally tamed," 16 July 2019 Customers can pick from a range of chef specialties, including the rattlesnake and rabbit brat; the Southwestern bison brat, and the rosemary chicken brat or dream up their own creations from a selection of sausages and toppings. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Brat Haus in uptown Phoenix is a new neighborhood spot for games, beer and giant pretzels," 12 July 2019 Its Senator’s Steakhouse serves fresh bison burgers and short ribs. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bison

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


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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