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buffalo chips

noun, (used with a plural verb) Informal.
1.
the dried dung of buffalo used as fuel, especially by early settlers on the western plains.
Origin of buffalo chips
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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Historical Examples
  • Mr. Deems had never in his life done anything, not even so much as bring in a basket of buffalo chips to supply the scanty fire.

    A Mountain Woman and Others (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
  • It was amusing at first, to see the ladies handle the buffalo chips.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
  • This man was so wonderful that he could change even the buffalo chips that you see on the prairie into meat.

    Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales George Bird Grinnell
  • The country on this day's drive looks like a huge buffalo pasture, the ground being covered with buffalo chips like a farm-yard.

  • Not forgotten was that long and dismal stretch where buffalo chips were the only fuel.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Wood is now very scarce, but "buffalo chips" are excellent; they kindle quickly and retain heat surprisingly.

  • They made camp beside it at night, cooking the coffee on a fire of buffalo chips.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • The brethren have to make use of the wild sage and buffalo chips to do their cooking.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • The rain fell in torrents, our supply of wood was limited, and the buffalo chips were so wet as to be entirely useless.

  • They filled the sack with buffalo chips, bent their heads against the cold north wind, and Joe quenched a rising uneasiness.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
Slang definitions & phrases for buffalo chips

buffalo chips

modifier

Like the feces of a buffalo; cowflop: give you that stretch valise buffalo chips thing (1840+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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