There are 2 main definitions of buffalo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌfələʊ

noun (plural same or buffaloes)

1A heavily built wild ox with backward-curving horns, found mainly in the Old World tropics:
  • Four species native to South Asia (genus Bubalus, family Bovidae). See also water buffalo, anoaA wild ox with large horns, native to Africa south of the Sahara (Synceros caffer, family Bovidae, the African buffalo), sometimes considered to be two species, the Cape buffalo and the forest (or dwarf) buffalo.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 greyish-olive freshwater fish with thick lips, common in North America.
  • Genus Ictiobus, family Catostomidae: several species
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  • 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 Portuguese bufalo, from late Latin bufalus, from earlier bubalus, from Greek boubalos 'antelope, wild ox'.

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There are 2 main definitions of buffalo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌfəˌləʊ
An industrial city in New York State; population 270,919 (est. 2008). Situated at the eastern end of Lake Erie, it is a major port of the St Lawrence Seaway.

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