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buzzard

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[ buhz-erd ]
/ ˈbʌz ərd /
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noun
any of several broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo and allied genera, especially B. buteo, of Europe.
any of several New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, especially the turkey vulture.
Slang. a contemptible or cantankerous person (often preceded by old): That old buzzard has lived in the same shack for twenty years.
adjective
Obsolete. senseless; stupid.
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Origin of buzzard

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1250–1300; Middle English busard<Old French, variant of buisard, equivalent to buis(on) buzzard (<Latin būteōn-, stem of būteō kind of hawk) + -ard-ard

OTHER WORDS FROM buzzard

buz·zard·like, adjectivebuz·zard·ly, adjective, adverb

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Other definitions for buzzard (2 of 2)

buzzard2
[ buhz-erd ]
/ ˈbʌz ərd /

noun British Dialect.
any of various nocturnal buzzing insects, as cockchafers.

Origin of buzzard

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First recorded in 1645–55; buzz + -ard
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British Dictionary definitions for buzzard

buzzard
/ (ˈbʌzəd) /

noun
any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Buteo, typically having broad wings and tail and a soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc)Compare honey buzzard, turkey buzzard
a mean or cantankerous person

Word Origin for buzzard

C13: from Old French buisard, variant of buison buzzard, from Latin būteō hawk, falcon
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