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buffalo chips

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noun (used with a plural verb) Informal.
  1. the dried dung of buffalo used as fuel, especially by early settlers on the western plains.
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Origin of buffalo chips

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Related Words for buffalo chips

excrement, compost, droppings, dung, mulch, manure, maul, guano, humus, potash

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Historical Examples of buffalo chips

  • To and fro, he went, searching diligently for buffalo-chips.

    The Plow-Woman

    Eleanor Gates

  • Buffalo-chips were formerly used on the Western plains, but they are now superseded by cattle chips.