[ buhs-terd ]
/ ˈbʌs tərd /


any of several large, chiefly terrestrial and ground-running birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia, related to the cranes.

Nearby words

  1. bust one's ass,
  2. bust-up,
  3. bustamante,
  4. bustamante, anastasio,
  5. bustamante, sir alexander,
  6. bustard quail,
  7. busted,
  8. bustee,
  9. buster,
  10. buster brown collar

Origin of bustard

1425–75; late Middle English, apparently blend of Middle French bistarde (Old Italian bistarda) and Middle French oustarde, both < Latin avis tarda (Pliny) literally, slow bird, though tarda may be a non-L word, taken erroneously as feminine of tardus

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British Dictionary definitions for bustard


/ (ˈbʌstəd) /


any terrestrial bird of the family Otididae, inhabiting open regions of the Old World: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). They have long strong legs, a heavy body, a long neck, and speckled plumage

Word Origin for bustard

C15: from Old French bistarde, influenced by Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda slow bird

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Word Origin and History for bustard



large crane-like bird, mid-15c. (late 14c. as a surname), from Old French bistarde, said to be from Latin avis tarda, but the sense of this ("slow bird") is the opposite of the bird's behavior.

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