bison

[ bahy-suh n, -zuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF bison

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Harold came round the corner like a bison pursued by Indians.

"Well, I should say so," murmured Bison Billiam, a bit amazed at all this ceremony.

Bison Billiam was made the permanent arbitrator of the wing question.

"It won't do; it won't do at all," said Bison Billiam, in a tone almost of discouragement.

"I'll be back in the morning," said Bison Billiam as he mounted his horse.

I didn't get Bison Head to attack you,—he did that on his own account.

Remember the fate of the passenger pigeon and the American bison.

The bison faced them for an instant, then turned and made off.

But suddenly they saw blood pouring from the bison's mouth and nostrils.

In the soft soil at the bottom he saw the round prints of a bison's hoof.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from French bison (15c.), from Latin bison "wild ox," borrowed from Proto-Germanic *wisand- "aurochs" (cf. Old Norse visundr, Old High German wisunt "bison," Old English/Middle English wesend, which is not attested after c.1400). Possibly ultimately of Baltic or Slavic origin, and meaning "the stinking animal," in reference to its scent while rutting (see weasel). A European wild ox formerly widespread on the continent, including the British Isles, now surviving on forest reserves in Lithuania. Applied 1690s to the North American species commonly mis-called a buffalo.

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