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bison

[bahy-suhn, -zuhn]
noun, plural bison.
1.
Also called American bison, American buffalo. a North American, oxlike ruminant, Bison bison, having a large head and high, humped shoulders: formerly common in North America, its small remaining population in isolated western areas of the U.S. and Canada is now protected.
2.
Also called wisent. a related animal, Bison bonasus, of Europe, less shaggy and slightly larger than the American bison: now greatly reduced in number.
Compare buffalo.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bisontes (plural) < Latin (nominative singular bisōn) < Germanic; compare Old High German wisunt, Old English wesend, Old Norse visundr

bisontine [bahy-suhn-tahyn, -zuhn-] , adjective
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bison (ˈbaɪsən)
 
n , pl -son
1.  American bison, Also called: buffalo a member of the cattle tribe, Bison bison, formerly widely distributed over the prairies of W North America but now confined to reserves and parks, with a massive head, shaggy forequarters, and a humped back
2.  wisent, Also called: European bison a closely related and similar animal, Bison bonasus, formerly widespread in Europe
 
[C14: from Latin bisōn, of Germanic origin; related to Old English wesand, Old Norse vīsundr]

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bison
c.1600, from Fr. bison, from L. bison "wild ox," borrowed from P.Gmc. *wisand- "aurochs" (cf. O.N. visundr, O.H.G. wisunt "bison," O.E./M.E. wesend, which is not attested after c.1400). Possibly ultimately of Baltic or Slavic origin, and meaning "the stinking animal," in reference to its scent while
rutting (see weasel). A European wild ox formerly widespread on the continent, including the British Isles, now surviving on forest reserves in Lithuania. Applied 1690s to the N.Amer. species commonly mis-called a buffalo.
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bison definition


  1. in.
    to vomit. (Probably a play on yak.) : He stepped aside to bison in the bushes.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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