water buffalo


Definition of water buffalo

: an often domesticated Asian buffalo (Bubalus bubalis synonym B. arnee)

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As sunset nears, the land exhales with the cough of water buffalo, ticking toads, and an elephant’s trumpet in the distance. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 But anybody who moves here may have to deal with the water buffalo. Alexandra Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs may hurt as trade war worsens, but quitting China is hard to do. Why other countries can’t fill the bill.," 24 Sep. 2018 Marco Lanero of Delirious Eyewear is focused on handcrafting frames from materials like water buffalo horn, titanium, beta-titanium, and natural base acetate. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Who Is On Next? Winners MRZ and MTF Maria Turri Are Redefining What Made in Italy Means," 2 July 2018 But right now, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard predicament looms menacingly, like a water buffalo balancing on a fencepost, threatening to make a mess of everything. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As Kawhi drama lingers, Spurs face a leverage problem," 21 June 2018 Sometimes, water buffalo are sacrificed by villagers. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A man was crushed to death beneath his mother’s coffin," 18 June 2018 Police called in a crane to lift five fugitive water buffalo off a highway in western Germany during an operation that lasted about nine hours. Fox News, "German police bring in crane to get 5 buffalo off autobahn," 14 May 2018 The daunting parcels were placed in shopping bags, cardboard boxes, and in the case of Spencer Davis, 33, of Brooklyn, a backpack made from the hide of a water buffalo, which held two boxes as Ms. Davis cycled back home to Bedford-Stuyvesant. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "In Bryant Park, 3 Million Bees, Sold From the Back of a Truck," 13 Apr. 2018 There were fewer cars, and herds of water buffalos coming back from the fields. James Syhabout With John Birdsall, Bon Appetit, "Finding the Place Between My Parents’ Immigrant Experience and My Own," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of water buffalo

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water buffalo was in 1827

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English Language Learners Definition of water buffalo

: a large animal like a cow with long horns that lives in Asia and is often used to pull plows

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Kids Definition of water buffalo

: a buffalo of Asia with large curving horns that is often used as a work animal

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