noun, plural bi·son.
Origin of bison
Examples from the Web for bison
This means a decline in habitat quality for grazers like bison and elk, whose winter-killed carcasses grizzlies feed upon.
Some bison die during the violence of the rut in August; there is intense competition by bears for these rare summer carcasses.
Some of those 900 bison might have perished naturally during the killing cold of winter and provided spring food for grizzlies.
I did once see a pack of wolves try to bring down a bison at decade or so ago.
Take the case of the American bison: The ice-age bison evolved into the Plains buffalo, Bison bison, perhaps 10,000 years ago.
They noticed how quickly the bison obeyed every signal the leader gave.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
There are wild fowl in the lakes and marshes; there are bears in the forest and bison on the prairie.The Story of Hiawatha|Winston Stokes
But—a hundred years ago and more—the dominant features in the fauna of the Middle West was the bison.Pioneers in Canada|Sir Harry Johnston
His discovery consisted, like many others of the time, in following up the bison trails and the highways of the natives.The Romance of the Colorado River|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Relieved from his captivity in the belly of the bison, the boy told us how it happened.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)|James Athearn Jones
noun plural -son
Word Origin for bison
c.1600, from French bison (15c.), from Latin bison "wild ox," borrowed from Proto-Germanic *wisand- "aurochs" (cf. Old Norse visundr, Old High German wisunt "bison," Old English/Middle English wesend, which is not attested after c.1400). Possibly ultimately of Baltic or Slavic origin, and meaning "the stinking animal," in reference to its scent while rutting (see weasel). A European wild ox formerly widespread on the continent, including the British Isles, now surviving on forest reserves in Lithuania. Applied 1690s to the North American species commonly mis-called a buffalo.