from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several oxlike Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the water buffalo and African buffalo.
  • n. The North American bison, Bison bison.
  • n. The buffalo fish.
  • transitive v. To intimidate, as by a display of confidence or authority: "The board couldn't buffalo the federal courts as it had the Comptroller” ( American Banker).
  • transitive v. To deceive; hoodwink: "Too often . . . job seekers have buffaloed lenders as to their competency and training” ( H. Jane Lehman).
  • transitive v. To confuse; bewilder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the Cape buffalo, Syncerus caffer, or the water buffalo Buabalus bubalis.
  • n. A related North American animal, the American bison, Bison bison.
  • n. A buffalo robe.
  • n. The buffalo fish.
  • v. To hunt buffalo.
  • v. To outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.
  • v. To pistol-whip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A very large and savage species of the same genus (Syncerus Caffer syn. Bubalus Caffer) found in South Africa; -- called also Cape buffalo.
  • n. Any species of wild ox.
  • n. The bison of North America.
  • n. A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below.
  • n. The buffalo fish. See Buffalofish, below.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A name given to various wild oxen, or Bovinæ, and particularly to the bison of North America, Bison americanus. See bison.
  • n. A buffalo-robe.
  • n. A buffalo-fish.
  • n. A leather hamper used for carrying bobbins.
  • n. 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. plural A nickname given to the dwellers on the coast of North Carolina.
  • n. See buffalo-pea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Italian bufalo or Portuguese or Spanish búfalo, from Late Latin būfalus, from Latin būbalus, antelope, buffalo, from Greek boubalos, perhaps from bous, cow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Portuguese búfalo ("buffalo"). (Wiktionary)



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