wisent

noun
wi·sent | \ˈvē-ˌzent \

Definition of wisent 

: a European bison (Bison bonasus) sometimes considered conspecific with the North American buffalo (B. bison)

called also aurochs

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The forest, part of it contained within a national park, is also home to the largest colony of European bison, or wisent, as well as to species that are rare or even extinct elsewhere. Joanna Berendt, New York Times, "Poland Broke Law by Logging Ancient Forest, E.U. Court Official Says," 20 Feb. 2018 Should wisent be revitalized using American bison as breeding stock? Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction," 31 Mar. 2017 European bison, also known as wisent, are listed as vulnerable, or at risk of extinction, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, whose Red List is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of threatened plant and animal species. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Wild Bison Killed After Wandering Across Border Into Germany," 20 Sep. 2017 But his work creating aurochs and wisent for Göring shared the same conclusion as other Nazi projects. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction," 31 Mar. 2017 But his work creating aurochs and wisent for Göring shared the same conclusion as other Nazi projects. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wisent

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wisent

German, from Old High German wisant — more at bison

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