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[vee-zuh nt] /ˈvi zənt/
bison (def 2).
Origin of wisent
1865-70; < German; Old High German wisunt; compare Old English wesend, weosend, Old Norse vīsundr, OPruss wissambrs, Greek bísōn bison Unabridged
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  • Grazing in the meadows were the aurochs, or wild ox, and the wisent, or bison.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • It is uncertain whether the wisent does not also occur in Siberia.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Modern naturalists identify the elk with the eland, the wisent with the auerochs.

    Man and Nature George P. Marsh
  • The urus survived in Germany as late as the seventeenth century, while a few of the bison or 'wisent' survive to the present time.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
British Dictionary definitions for wisent


the European bison See bison (sense 2)
Word Origin
German, from Old High German wisuntbison
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