Meaning of BUFFALO in English

■ noun ( plural same or ~es )

1》 a heavily built wild ox with swept-back horns. [ Synceros caffer (sub-Saharan Africa) and genus Bubalus (India and SE Asia, four species).]

2》 the North American bison.

■ verb ( ~es , ~ing , ~ed ) N. Amer. informal overawe; intimidate.



C16: prob. from Port. bufalo , from late L. bufalus , from earlier bubalus , from Gk boubalos 'antelope, wild ox'.

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