Definition of bison in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbīs(ə)n/

noun (plural same)

A humpbacked shaggy-haired wild ox native to North America and Europe.
  • Genus Bison, family Bovidae: B. bison of North American prairies (also called buffalo), and B. bonasus of European forests (also called wisent), now found only in Poland. These are sometimes regarded as a single species.
Example sentences
  • Today the wood and plains bison in North America are the only surviving populations.
  • From North America came squirrels and raccoons, bears and bison, eagles and an elk.
  • Elks and bison, it seems, adapted better to the new landscape than mammoths and horses.


Late Middle English: from Latin, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to wisent.

Words that rhyme with bison

Meissen, Tyson

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Syllabification: bi·son

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