noun (plural same, buffaloes or buffalos)
1A heavily built wild ox with backswept horns, found mainly in the Old World tropics.
- ● Four species native to southern Asia (genus Bubalus, family Bovidae). See also water buffalo, anoa ● see African buffalo
- Endangered species include tapir, guar and banteng, wild buffalo, serow, red dog, Asiatic elephant, and leopard.
- The world's largest concentrations of eland, forest buffalo and roan antelope were virtually destroyed.
- A woman jumped into the fray, slapped the thief and then led the buffalo by the horns to safety.
1.1The North American bison.
- Two hundred years ago, bison, aka buffalo, roamed North America in massive herds.
- It was conducted mainly among the buffalo hunting groups of the plains region.
- The menu features game, namely rabbit, pigeon, venison and pheasant, and from time to time buffalo and wild boar.
2 (also buffalo fish) A large grayish-olive freshwater fish with thick lips, common in North America.
- Genus Ictiobus, family Catostomidae: several species
- Big carp, even bigger buffalo and hundreds of panfish flopped helplessly in the pasture's tall fescue and dried up cow patties.
- Smallmouth buffalo are esteemed above all suckers from a culinary standpoint.
- The buffalo [a native variety of the carp] now swish sluggishly around him, some pushing half-heartedly on the nets.
verb (buffaloes, buffaloing, buffaloed)[with object] North American informal Back to top
1Overawe or intimidate (someone): she didn’t like being buffaloed
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- The Australian government has refused to sign the Kyoto treaty but still seems to have been buffaloed by the totally unsubstantiated claim that carbon dioxide is harmful.
- ‘How are we going to get in? ‘the Duke asked, determined not to be buffaloed by a camel.’
- But it does seem to be a guy who will come out the way he would like in every case - and is not going to be buffaloed by Professor Tribe's hand-picked law clerks any more than he is buffaloed by Professor Tribe.
1.1Baffle (someone): the problem has buffaloed the advertising staff
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- Nor does the director ask the question: How was the entire management of a prestigious publication buffaloed by an imaginative, but essentially juvenile, ruse?
- A disease that has buffaloed scientists, veterinarians, and bison ranchers is yielding some of its secrets.
- It's harder to buffalo the public in compressed time.
Mid 16th century: probably from Spanish or Portuguese búfalo, from late Latin bufalus, from earlier bubalus, from Greek boubalos 'antelope, wild ox'.
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