Meaning of BUFFALO in English


Pronunciation: ' b ə -f ə - ˌ l ō

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -lo or -loes also -los

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Italian bufalo & Spanish búfalo, from Late Latin bufalus, alteration of Latin bubalus, from Greek boubalos African gazelle

Date: 1562

1 : any of several wild bovids: as a : WATER BUFFALO b : CAPE BUFFALO c (1) : any of a genus ( Bison ) of bovids especially : a large shaggy-maned No. American bovid ( B. bison ) that has short horns and heavy forequarters with a large muscular hump and that was formerly abundant on the central and western plains ― compare WISENT (2) : the flesh of the buffalo used as food

2 : any of several suckers (genus Ictiobus ) found mostly in the Mississippi valley ― called also buffalo fish

buffalo 1c(1)

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