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[buhs-terd] /ˈbʌs tərd/
any of several large, chiefly terrestrial and ground-running birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia, related to the cranes.
Origin of bustard
1425-75; late Middle English, apparently blend of Middle French bistarde (Old Italian bistarda) and Middle French oustarde, both < Latin avis tarda (Pliny) literally, slow bird, though tarda may be a non-L word, taken erroneously as feminine of tardus Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bustard


any terrestrial bird of the family Otididae, inhabiting open regions of the Old World: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). They have long strong legs, a heavy body, a long neck, and speckled plumage
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bistarde, influenced by Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda slow bird
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Word Origin and History for bustard

large crane-like bird, mid-15c. (late 14c. as a surname), from Old French bistarde, said to be from Latin avis tarda, but the sense of this ("slow bird") is the opposite of the bird's behavior.

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