noun, often attributive buf·fa·lo \ ˈbə-fə-ˌlō \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of buffalo

plural buffalo or buffaloes also buffalos
1 : any of several wild bovids: such as
c (1) : any of a genus (Bison) of bovids; especially : a large shaggy-maned North American bovid (B. bison) that has short horns and heavy forequarters with a large muscular hump and that was formerly abundant on the central and western plains — compare wisent
(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

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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.

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Origin and Etymology of buffalo

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

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Definition of buffalo

buffaloed; buffaloing

Examples of buffalo in a Sentence

  1. I'm not some newcomer that you can buffalo with that nonsense.

  2. in this debate I refuse to be buffaloed by a flurry of irrelevant issues

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buffalo Synonyms




do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes;


geographical name Buf·fa·lo \ ˈbə-fə-ˌlō \

Definition of Buffalo

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


play \ˌbə-fə-ˈlō-nē-ən\ noun

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noun buf·fa·lo \ ˈbə-fə-ˌlō \

Definition of buffalo for Students

plural buffalo or buffaloes
: any of several wild oxen and especially the American bison

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