American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various North American vultures, such as the turkey vulture.
- n. Chiefly British A hawk of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
- n. An avaricious or otherwise unpleasant person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology: Any hawk of the genus Buteo or subfamily Buteoninæ. (See these words.) The common buzzard of Europe is B. vulgaris, a bird about 20 inches long and about 4 feet in spread of wing, of variegated dark-brown and light colors, heavy and rather sluggish, stooping to small game. The rough-legged buzzard is Archibuteo lago-pus, with feathered shanks. See cut under
Archibuteo. There are many species of Buteo, of nearly all countries.
- n. Some other hawk, not used in falconry, with a qualifying term to indicate the species: as, the moor-buzzard, Circus æruginosus, of Europe; the honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus; the bald buzzard, the osprey, Pandion haliaëtus. An American vulture of the family Cathartidæ; the turkey-buzzard, Cathartes aura. See cut under Cathartes.
- n. A blockhead; a dunce.
- n. A coward.
- n. A hawk that flies by night.
- n. Compare buzzard-moth.
- Senseless; stupid.
- n. Any of several Old-World birds of prey with broad wings and a broad tail.
- n. In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).
- n. UK, colloquial a curmudgeonly or cantankerous old man.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus Buteo and related genera.
- n. (Zoöl.) In the United States, a term used for the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), and sometimes indiscriminately to any vulture.
- n. A blockhead; a dunce.
- adj. R. & Obs. Senseless; stupid.
- n. a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States
- n. the common European short-winged hawk
- From French busart, possibly from Latin buteōn ("buteo"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English busard, hawk of the genus Buteo, from Old French, from Latin būteō. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'll take the turkey, and let you have the buzzard; or, _you can take the buzzard_, and I'll keep the turkey. ”
“I was ploughing one day, some long time after the mare died, with what we call a buzzard plough.”
“So this buzzard is boarding a plane, carrying a couple of dead possums, but the stewardess says,”
“The name buzzard, however, belongs quite as rightfully to the birds called in books "harriers," which form a distinct subfamily of”
“Yea, I know it's called a buzzard, but it looks more like a vulture.”
“Cody flopped his wings lak a buzzard (Gesture) and sailed on off.”
“Now, the buzzard is a weakling among the raptores and all the other birds of prey despise it.”
“But the worst thing about the buzzard is his silence.”
“The buzzard is the sacred bird of the South, and you can't touch him; the alligator is the sacred bird of the Government, and you've got to let him alone. ”
“The buzzard is a much more handsomely formed bird, and is more graceful, both upon the ground and while sailing through the air.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘buzzard’.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
Names of animals that are also used to describe kinds of people. Nouns only, preferably single word.
For a related list, see sionnach's beastly verbs.
The derogatory suffix -ard, now used in just a few words though previously very productive.
My big word list.
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
Now, I'm not trying to promote name-calling here, don't get me wrong; but let's face it...sometimes people can natter on like popinjays or pester you like gnatflies- and you should at least know wh...
I like bird names, raptors in particular. That's all.
Bird names and other bird-related words.
Fuzzy! Fizzy! And lots of pizzazz!
Looking for tweets for buzzard.