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bustard

[ buhs-terd ]
/ ˈbʌs tərd /
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noun

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

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Origin of bustard

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, apparently blend of Middle French bistarde (Old Italian bistarda ) and Middle French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda (Pliny) literally, “slow bird,” though tarda may be a non-Latin word, taken erroneously as feminine of tardus
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British Dictionary definitions for bustard

bustard
/ (ˈbʌstəd) /

noun

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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