buffalo

noun, often attributive
buf·​fa·​lo | \ ˈbə-fə-ˌlō How to pronounce buffalo (audio) \
plural buffalo or buffaloes also buffalos

Definition of buffalo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of several wild bovids: such as
c(1) : bison especially : a large North American bison (Bison bison) that has a dense coat of dark brown fur with a shaggy mane on the head and lower neck, short hollow horns, and heavy forequarters with a large muscular hump over the shoulders and that formerly was abundant in North America but is now reduced to small populations of plains and prairies chiefly of the central U.S. and Canada : american bison — compare european bison
(2) : the flesh of the buffalo used as food
2 : any of several suckers (genus Ictiobus) found mostly in the Mississippi River valley

called also buffalo fish

buffalo

verb
buffaloed; buffaloing

Definition of buffalo (Entry 2 of 3)

Buffalo

geographical name
Buf·​fa·​lo | \ ˈbə-fə-ˌlō How to pronounce Buffalo (audio) \

Definition of Buffalo (Entry 3 of 3)

city and port on Lake Erie and the Niagara River in western New York population 261,310

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Noun

buffalo 1c(1)

In the meaning defined above

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Geographical name

Buffalonian \ ˌbə-​fə-​ˈlō-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Buffalo (audio) \ noun

What is the origin of buffalo?

Greeks traveled much of the ancient world, and Greek authors gave names to many unfamiliar animals. The African gazelle they called boubalos. Later, the Romans borrowed this Greek word and used it for gazelle and for wild ox. In Latin the form was first bubalus and later bufalus. This Latin word for wild ox passed into Italian as bufalo and into Spanish as búfalo. From these languages, the English then picked up the word, spelling it buffalo, and when English settlers arrived in America, they gave the name to the big, shaggy animal that is also called bison.

Examples of buffalo in a Sentence

Verb I'm not some newcomer that you can buffalo with that nonsense. in this debate I refuse to be buffaloed by a flurry of irrelevant issues
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An effort to bring wild buffalo to the Great Plains aims to restore one of the world’s most endangered landscapes and increase climate resilience. Louise Johns, Wired, 12 June 2021 Others have a Columbian buffalo mozzarella that Frankel likes. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2020 Jaguars, sloths, tapirs, horses, coyotes, buffalo, rabbits, and squirrels up and down the North American continent are now spared from screwworms too. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 26 May 2020 Make that the big ten—lion, my face, leopard, my face, rhino, my face, elephant, my face, buffalo, my face. Colin Nissan, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2019 Today, a lot of paneer in India is made with a mix of buffalo and less-expensive cow’s milk. Leena Trivedi-grenier, SFChronicle.com, 15 May 2020 Ney’s Big Sky: Frozen meats delivered include beef, burgers, bratwurst, hot dogs, poultry, pork, buffalo and bacon. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2020 Even as buffalo were being removed from the landscape of the West, other things were being extracted from its soil. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2019 Take a safari for chances to see the country’s famous animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eva has the senior management in our company completely buffaloed. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2020 How far must buffalo roam to fulfill their ecological role? National Geographic, 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of buffalo

Noun

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buffalo

Noun

Italian bufalo & Spanish búfalo, from Late Latin bufalus, alteration of Latin bubalus, from Greek boubalos African gazelle

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25 Jun 2021

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“Buffalo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffalo. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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buffalo

noun
buf·​fa·​lo | \ ˈbə-fə-ˌlō How to pronounce buffalo (audio) \
plural buffalo or buffaloes

Kids Definition of buffalo

: any of several wild oxen and especially the American bison

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