bison

noun
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

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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 Research suggests there were 30 million to 60 million bison in North America in the 1500s. Louise Johns, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2021 In September 2020, Grand Canyon wildlife managers relocated 57 bison from the North Rim to the Intertribal Buffalo Council. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 7 May 2021 Europe’s largest mammal, and also a stable hybrid) is from its ancestors—the aurochs and plains bison. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 As many as 30 million to 60 million bison once inhabited most of North America, according to federal wildlife officials. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Nearby, check out Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and climb its 50-foot observation tower for the chance to spot bison and wild horses. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2021 More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park. NBC News, 6 May 2021 More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park. NBC News, 6 May 2021 More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park. Felicia Fonseca, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2021

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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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The first known use of bison was circa 1611

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12 Jun 2021

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“Bison.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bison. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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bison

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bison

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

bison

noun
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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