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wisent

[vee-zuh nt]
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noun
  1. 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
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Historical Examples

  • 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

wisent

noun
  1. the European bisonSee bison (def. 2)

Word Origin

German, from Old High German wisunt bison
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