Definition of buzzard
1 chiefly British : buteo
2 : any of various usually large birds of prey (as the turkey vulture)
3 : a contemptible or rapacious person
Examples of buzzard in a sentence
<the real estate buzzards were really putting pressure on the one homeowner who was still refusing to sell>
<that crotchety old man can be a real buzzard when he's in a bad mood—which is usually the case>
Did You Know?
In Britain, the word buzzard refers chiefly to several birds of prey of the hawk genus Buteo. In North America, a buzzard is any of various New World vultures, especially the turkey vulture. In Australia, a large hawk of the genus Hamirostra is called a black-breasted buzzard. Buteos, also called buzzard hawks, can usually be distinguished when soaring by their broad wings and expansive rounded tail. The plumage of most species is dark brown above and white or mottled brown below; the tail and underside of the wings are usually barred. Buteos customarily prey on insects, small mammals, and occasionally birds. They nest in trees or on cliffs. Species range over much of the New World, Eurasia, and Africa. The red-tailed hawk, the most common North American buteo, is about 2 ft (60 cm) long.
Origin and Etymology of buzzard
Middle English busard, from Old French, alteration of buison, from Latin buteon, buteo hawk
First Known Use: 14th century
BUZZARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of buzzard for English Language Learners
: a kind of large bird that eats animals that are already dead
: a kind of large hawk
BUZZARD Defined for Kids
Definition of buzzard for Students
: a usually large bird of prey that flies slowly
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