from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various North American vultures, such as the turkey vulture.
- n. Chiefly British A hawk of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
- n. An avaricious or otherwise unpleasant person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several Old-World birds of prey with broad wings and a broad tail.
- n. In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).
- n. a curmudgeonly or cantankerous old man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus Buteo and related genera.
- n. In the United States, a term used for the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), and sometimes indiscriminately to any vulture.
- n. A blockhead; a dunce.
- adj. Senseless; stupid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology: Any hawk of the genus Buteo or subfamily Buteoninæ. (See these words.)
- n. Some other hawk, not used in falconry, with a qualifying term to indicate the species: as, the moor-buzzard, Circus æruginosus, of Europe; the honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus; the bald buzzard, the osprey, Pandion haliaëtus. An American vulture of the family Cathartidæ; the turkey-buzzard, Cathartes aura. See cut under Cathartes.
- n. A blockhead; a dunce.
- n. A coward.
- n. A hawk that flies by night.
- n. Compare buzzard-moth.
- Senseless; stupid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States
- n. the common European short-winged hawk
I'll take the turkey, and let you have the buzzard; or, _you can take the buzzard_, and I'll keep the turkey. '
I was ploughing one day, some long time after the mare died, with what we call a buzzard plough.
So this buzzard is boarding a plane, carrying a couple of dead possums, but the stewardess says,
The name buzzard, however, belongs quite as rightfully to the birds called in books "harriers," which form a distinct subfamily of
Yea, I know it's called a buzzard, but it looks more like a vulture.
Cody flopped his wings lak a buzzard (Gesture) and sailed on off.
Now, the buzzard is a weakling among the raptores and all the other birds of prey despise it.
But the worst thing about the buzzard is his silence.
The buzzard is the sacred bird of the South, and you can't touch him; the alligator is the sacred bird of the Government, and you've got to let him alone. '
The buzzard is a much more handsomely formed bird, and is more graceful, both upon the ground and while sailing through the air.