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buzzard

1 [buhz-erd]
noun
1.
any of several broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo and allied genera, especially B. buteo, of Europe.
2.
any of several New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, especially the turkey vulture.
3.
Slang. a contemptible or cantankerous person (often preceded by old ): That old buzzard has lived in the same shack for twenty years.
adjective
4.
Obsolete. senseless; stupid.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English busard < Old French, variant of buisard, equivalent to buis(on) buzzard (< Latin būteōn-, stem of būteō kind of hawk) + -ard -ard

buzzardlike, adjective
buzzardly, adjective, adverb
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buzzard (ˈbʌzəd)
 
n
1.  honey buzzard Compare turkey buzzard any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Buteo, typically having broad wings and tail and a soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc)
2.  a mean or cantankerous person
 
[C13: from Old French buisard, variant of buison buzzard, from Latin būteō hawk, falcon]

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buzzard
c.1300, from O.Fr. buisart "buzzard, harrier, inferior hawk," from buson, buison, from L. buteonem, acc. of buteo a kind of hawk, perhaps with -art suffix for one that carries on some action or possesses some quality, with derogatory connotation (see -ard).
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