from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large, long-legged Old World game birds of the family Otididae that frequent dry, open, grassy plains.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several large terrestrial birds of the family Otididae that inhabit dry open country and steppes in the Old World.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of the genus Otis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large grallatorial bird of the family Otididœ, or of the genus Otis in a wide sense.
- n. A name in Canada of the common wild goose, Bernicla canadensis, A. Newton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes
Middle English, from blend of Old French bistarde and Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda : avis, bird; tarda, feminine of tardus, slow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)