bustard

noun
bus·​tard | \ ˈbə-stərd How to pronounce bustard (audio) \

Definition of bustard

: any of a family (Otididae) of large chiefly terrestrial Old World and Australian game birds

Examples of bustard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another still-unexploded ordinance is currently nestled into the ground in a bustard’s dwelling. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The largest great bustard recorded tipped the scales at more than 46 pounds—that’s slightly heavier than a full-size border collie. National Geographic, 15 May 2018 Her own research has found that, on weekends in Spain, birds like little bustards and pin-tailed sandgrouse change their behavior in response to more people flocking to the countryside. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, 14 June 2018 Great bustards make their habitats in open, flat grasslands and steppes of Europe and southern Russia. National Geographic, 15 May 2018 The Arabian Desert abounded with the houbara bustard, a migratory, partridge-like fowl found in arid habitats across Asia and northern Africa. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2018 There is a bird community of some 200 species, including steppe birds such as the great bustard and endemic species such as the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. National Geographic, 14 June 2017 There is a bird community of some 200 species, including steppe birds such as the great bustard and endemic species such as the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. Alex Treadway, National Geographic, 14 June 2017 Like the great Indian bustard, one of the heaviest flying birds, down to a couple of hundred of its kind. The issue is larger than the number of collections of poetry sold each year. Daniel Halpern, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of bustard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bustard

Middle English, modification of Middle French bistarde, from Old Italian bistarda, from Latin avis tarda, literally, slow bird

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“Bustard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustard. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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