Definition of Buffalo

1. Noun. Large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains.

Exact synonyms: American Bison, American Buffalo, Bison Bison
Group relationships: Genus Bison
Generic synonyms: Bison

2. Verb. Intimidate or overawe. "Sam cannot buffalo Sue "
Generic synonyms: Cow, Overawe

3. Noun. A city on Lake Erie in western New York (near Niagara Falls).
Generic synonyms: City, Metropolis, Urban Center
Group relationships: Empire State, New York, New York State, Ny

4. Noun. Meat from an American bison.
Group relationships: American Bison, American Buffalo, Bison Bison
Generic synonyms: Game

5. Noun. Any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo.

Definition of Buffalo

1. n. A species of the genus Bos or Bubalus (B. bubalus), originally from India, but now found in most of the warmer countries of the eastern continent. It is larger and less docile than the common ox, and is fond of marshy places and rivers.

Definition of Buffalo

1. Proper noun. A city in New York State, very near Niagara Falls. ¹

2. Noun. Any of the Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the Cape Buffalo, ''Syncerus caffer'', or the water buffalo ''Buabalus bubalis''. ¹

3. Noun. A related North American animal, the American bison, ''Bison bison''. ¹

4. Noun. A buffalo robe. ¹

5. Noun. The buffalo fish. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To hunt buffalo. ¹

7. Verb. (US slang transitive) To outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate. ¹

8. Verb. (archaic transitive) To pistol-whip. ¹

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Definition of Buffalo

1. an ox-like animal [n -LOES or -LOS] / to intimidate [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: intimidate

Medical Definition of Buffalo

1. Origin: Sp. Bufalo (cf. It. Bufalo, F. Buffle), fr. L. Bubalus, bufalus, a kind of African stag or gazelle; also, the buffalo or wild ox, fr. Gr. Buffalo, prob. Fr. Ox. See Cow the animal, and cf. Buff the colour, and Bubale. 1. A species of the genus Bos or Bubalus (B. Bubalus), originally from India, but now found in most of the warmer countries of the eastern continent. It is larger and less docile than the common ox, and is fond of marshy places and rivers. 2. A very large and savage species of the same genus (B. Caffer) found in South Africa; called also Cape buffalo. 3. Any species of wild ox. 4. The bison of North America. 5. A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below. 6. The buffalo fish. See Buffalo fish, below. Buffalo berry, the oily and drupelike fruit of an American shrub (Pyrularia oleifera); also, the shrub itself; oilnut. Buffalo robe, the skin of the bison of North America, prepared with the hair on; much used as a lap robe in sleighs. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Buffalo

bufenolides (one double bond)
buff out
buff up
buffalo (current term)
buffalo berry
buffalo bur
buffalo carpet beetle
buffalo chip
buffalo clover
buffalo fish
buffalo gnat
buffalo gourd
buffalo hump

Literary usage of Buffalo

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1920)
"The estimated common weight of the water buffalo in China is about 800 to 1200 pounds. ... Like the pig, the water buffalo has few sweat glands in its skin, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"This was probably the first Mass celebrated within the present limits of the Diocese of buffalo. A little fort was built there as a protection against ..."

3. Annual Report of the Attorney-general of the United States by United States Dept. of Justice, United States Attorney-General (1892)
"4.14 Conveyance to depot, buffalo, N. Y .50 Conveyance from depot to II. ... Conveyance to depot and return, buffalo, X. Y 1.00 Necessary porterage .25 ..."

4. The American Bar by James Clark Fifield (1918)
"Pal Upsilon, Phi Delta Phi fraternités; Lawyer's Club of buffalo; Erie Co., ... Commercial Law League of America; Lawyer's Club of buffalo; NY State, ..."

5. The American Fur Trade of the Far West: A History of the Pioneer Trading by Hiram Martin Chittenden (1902)
"Great importance of the buffalo — Description — Flesh of the buffalo — Appearance and habits — Methods of capture — buffalo butchering — Territorial range ..."

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