from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. a curmudgeonly or cantankerous old man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Senseless; stupid.
  • n. A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus Buteo and related genera.
  • n. In the United States, a term used for the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), and sometimes indiscriminately to any vulture.
  • n. A blockhead; a dunce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology: Any hawk of the genus Buteo or subfamily Buteoninæ. (See these words.)
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English busard, hawk of the genus Buteo, from Old French, from Latin būteō.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French busart, possibly from Latin buteōn ("buteo"). (Wiktionary)



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