bi·son | \ˈbī-sᵊn, -zᵊn \
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

b : buffalo sense 1c(1)

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Other Words from bison

bisontine \ˈbī-sᵊn-ˌtīn, -zᵊn- \ adjective

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In vibrant colors and multiple dimensions are the mountains of Denali in Alaska, the bobcat of Arches National Park in Utah, the bison of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, and the striking flowers of Big Bend in Texas. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Traveling art exhibit on national parks opens in Will County," 19 June 2018 Six bison were born at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, and will soon grow to more than 500 pounds. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "At Northwest Trek, bison calves go out for a walk with the grown-ups," 22 June 2018 In early May, a bison rammed and slightly injured a woman in Yellowstone, officials said at the time. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Bison gores California woman at Yellowstone National Park, officials say," 7 June 2018 The Iron Bridge Trailhead is closest to the bison grazing area and is the best place to begin a hike to catch a glimpse of the herd that has grown to about 60 since the first 27 arrived on the prairie in the fall of 2015. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Baby bison, 97-foot Smokey Bear balloon among features at Midewin's Route 66 festival," 1 May 2018 So, to avoid disturbing the bison, which are known to charge, the team had to take an alternative route through the park’s bogs, where tall grasses obscure unstable soil. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "This Scientist Learns About Life on Mars in Yellowstone," 18 June 2018 For something heartier, try the bison burger; for a light break between stores, lentil soup provides just the right antidote to retail stress., "Secret Chicago: 40 of the city's best-kept mystery spots," 1 May 2018 Build your own burgers begin at $8.95; a bison burger is $14.95. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Docks Bar and Grill in Wauconda," 6 July 2018 After a tour group came too close to a bison in Yellowstone National Park, a woman was gored by the animal. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress woman OK after cow elk attack in Yellowstone," 18 June 2018

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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, -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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