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noun, plural bu·te·os.
  1. any of several buzzards or hawks of the genus Buteo.
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Origin of buteo

1905–10; < New Latin; Latin būteō a kind of hawk or falcon
Related formsbu·te·o·nine [byoo-tee-oh-nahyn, -nin, byoo-tee-] /ˈbyu ti oʊˌnaɪn, -nɪn, byuˈti-/, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for buteo

Historical Examples

  • The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo borealis) of our illustration is young and shows the plumage of the immature form.

    Birds and Nature Vol. 9 No. 2 [February 1901]


  • The Buteo was not to be driven away easily, and made brave play with beak and talons; but he never had a chance.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • It was a large hawk, which Lucien, as soon as he saw it, pronounced to be one of the kind known as buzzards (Buteo).

  • After 10 minutes of this behavior, a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) screamed as it flew overhead.