• WordNet 3.6
    • v buffalo intimidate or overawe
    • n buffalo any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo
    • n buffalo large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains
    • n buffalo meat from an American bison
    • n Buffalo a city on Lake Erie in western New York (near Niagara Falls)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The lynx, bear and eagle go after the hunters' buffalo carcass The lynx, bear and eagle go after the hunters' buffalo carcass
Killing the buffalo. Cheyenne drawing Killing the buffalo. Cheyenne drawing
Buffalo. Dakota Buffalo. Dakota
Buffalo discovered. Dakota Buffalo discovered. Dakota
Buffalo skin Buffalo skin
A buffalo A buffalo

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Buffalo wings, got their name because the spicy chicken wings originated in Buffalo, New York
    • Buffalo A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below.
    • Buffalo (Zoöl) A species of the genus Bos or Bubalus Bubalus 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.
    • Buffalo (Zoöl) A very large and savage species of the same genus (Syncerus Caffer syn. Bubalus Caffer) found in South Africa; -- called also Cape buffalo.
    • Buffalo (Zoöl) Any species of wild ox.
    • Buffalo (Zoöl) The bison of North America.
    • Buffalo (Zoöl) The buffalo fish. See Buffalofish, below.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A dentist from Buffalo New York named Alfred P. Southwick invented the electric chair.
    • n buffalo A ruminant mammal of the family Bovidæ, the best-known species of which is the Bubalus buffelus or Bos bubalus, larger than the ox and with stouter limbs, originally from India, but now found in most of the warmer countries of the eastern hemisphere. It is less docile than the common ox, and is fond of marshy places and rivers. It is, however, used in tillage, draft, and carriage in India and elsewhere. The female gives much more milk than the cow, and from the milk the ghee or clarified butter of India is made. The Cape buffalo, Bubalus or Bos caffer, is distinguished by the shape of its horns, which are black and united at their bases, forming a great bony plate on the front of the head. It attains the size of an ox. The hide is exceedingly tough, and a valuable leather is prepared from it, but the flesh is not highly esteemed.
    • n buffalo A name given to various wild oxen, or Bovinæ, and particularly to the bison of North America, Bison americanus. See bison.
    • n buffalo A buffalo-robe.
    • n buffalo A buffalo-fish.
    • n buffalo A leather hamper used for carrying bobbins.
    • n buffalo plural [capitalized] In United States history, a name given by their opponents to those members of the Locofoco or Equal Rights party who in 1836 accepted the overtures of the regular Democratic organization (Tammany) toward a coalition.
    • n buffalo plural A nickname given to the dwellers on the coast of North Carolina.
    • n buffalo See buffalo-pea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sponge Candy was invented in Buffalo, NY
    • n Buffalo buf′a-lō a genus of the ox kind, the tame, often domesticated Asiatic buffalo, and the entirely wild and fierce Cape buffalo. The so-called American buffalo is really a 'bison.'
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  • Bernard Cooper
    Bernard Cooper
    “At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffalo -- slow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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 color, and Bubale
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. buffalo, through L. from Gr. boubalos.


In literature:

My next thought was, of course, to try getting a buffalo myself, since I needed fresh meat as badly as the Indians, or worse.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
Menard had lived with the Indians, a captive only in name, and had earned the name of the Big Buffalo by his skill in the hunt.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Thongs of buffalo-hide formed the bottom of this novel bedstead.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
Our pony had crossed the plains before and was well used to buffalo.
"A Gold Hunter's Experience" by Chalkley J. Hambleton
We had then been in the buffalo country for several days.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
The buffaloes were evidently making for some strong retreat.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
When we go hunting, we go antelope-hunting, buffalo-hunting, grizzly-bear hunting, elk-hunting.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
Buffalo Bill's horse stood near, and with a bound I was upon his back, rushed him into the stream, swam across and escaped.
"Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
They say there are buffalo there, and Indians.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

Lunging buffalo shoulder,
Lean Indian face,
We who come after where you are gone
Salute your forms on the new nickel.
"A Coin" by Carl Sandburg
Up North in the frozen Klondyke
Where buffaloes all roam free
And the moths get into your underwear
And ruin your pedigree.
"Call Of The Yukon" by Billy Bennett
Full many a bounding deer or doe,
Lay victims of his hand and eye,
And many a shaggy buffalo,
In lifeless bulk did lowly lie.
"The Indian" by Thomas Frederick Young
If you said to him, "You and I
Will run and catch a butterfly,"
The Indian boy would say, "No! No!
I wish to chase the buffalo."
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
The buffalo cannot that place come near,
Where young pigs squeak, or little chickens cry:
Neither can Satan on the spot appear,
Whence holy prayers are preferr'd on high.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
With a lasso coiled to my saddle tied,
With my trusty weapons by my side,
Once o'er the plains I love to go,
Chasing the wild horse and buffalo.
But the romance all has faded away,
So hasten, good steed, no longer delay.
"Farewell To The Plains" by Frank Maynard

In news:

Baby, a rare white buffalo calf, was born at Steve and Carol Sarff's Countryside Buffalo Ranch near Avon, July 4.
The band members, juniors and seniors from Grand Island HS near Buffalo, will play at the upcoming RA in Buffalo.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier told The Buffalo News that Hasek 's agent contacted the team about Hasek playing in Buffalo, but the Sabres turned down Hasek .
What Buffalo needs is an insane asylum Lois Ellinwood Buffalo I agree so much with Edith Leathamprsquos letter ampldquoAn accounting for the spendingamprdquo Oct 27 edition We really do need to build an insane asylum .
Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin was fined $75 for interfering with a flight crew, according to a report by WIVB.com in Buffalo.
Vevle Randy and Rebekah Vevle of Elk River announce the birth of their son, Ryan Leif , Friday, June 1, 2012 at Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo.
Buffalo (WKBW.com) Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman stopped by the Channel 7 studios on Tuesday morning for a promotional shoot for his P.U.N.T foundation.
Buffalo (WKBW.com/Sabres) Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has signed defenseman Joe Finley to a multi-year contract.
Congressman Brian Higgins says Buffalo's Skyway is just functionally obsolete , and wants to see the structure torn down to promote more development on Buffalo's waterfront.
Obviously not Buffalo, it's too cool LOL Just kidding Buffalo….I Luv U.
According to the the Buffalo News this morning, a Lockport man (Gregory Owen) is suing The City of Buffalo.
The sun has set on The Buffalo News' Sunshine Derby and with it some fallacies about Buffalo's sunny days.
The Boston Bruins will try to extend their winning streak to 10 games at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Wednesday night when they take on the Buffalo Sabres with first place in the Northeast Division on the line.
Congressman Brian Higgins says Buffalo's Skyway is just functionally obsolete, and wants to see the structure torn down to promote more development on Buffalo's waterfront.
BUFFALO — When police entered Tom Irish's suburban Buffalo home on March 9 responding to a call about a disturbance, the 59-year-old Army veteran says he did not see uniformed officers.

In science:

Kreisel, Church’s Thesis: a kind of reducibility axiom for constructive mathematics, in Intuitionism and proof theory: Proceedings of the Summer Conference at Buffalo N.Y. 1968 (A.
Definability in the Real Universe
He also worked at the Oral Health Service and Informatics Department at the SUNY at Buffalo. He was a chair of the IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association) Dental Informatics working group and involved in various national wide web and informatics projects.
Prototype for Extended XDB Using Wiki
Troland’s birthday provided a serviceable excuse to celebrate magnetic fields with a product that goes back much further even than Hiltner and Hall — fine old Kentucky bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
Contrary to popular imagination, “buffalo trace” is not a waste product from the animal.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
Instead, it is a wide path established by migrating buffalo that were prevalent in Kentucky centuries ago.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy