[syn: rabbitwood, buffalo nut, Pyrularia pubera]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Buffalo \Buf"fa*lo\, n.; pl. Buffaloes. [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.]
1. (Zool.) 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.
2. (Zool.) A very large and savage species of the same genus
(Syncerus Caffer syn. Bubalus Caffer) found in South
Africa; -- called also Cape buffalo.
3. (Zool.) Any species of wild ox.
4. (Zool.) The bison of North America.
5. A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below.
6. (Zool.) The buffalo fish. See Buffalofish, below.
Buffalo berry (Bot.), a shrub of the Upper Missouri
(Sherherdia argentea) with acid edible red berries.
Buffalo bird (Zool.), an African bird of the genus
Buphaga, of two species. These birds perch upon
buffaloes and cattle, in search of parasites.
Buffalo bug, the carpet beetle. See under Carpet.
Buffalo chips, dry dung of the buffalo, or bison, used for
Buffalo clover (Bot.), a kind of clover (Trifolium
reflexum and Trifoliumsoloniferum) found in the ancient
grazing grounds of the American bison.
Buffalo cod (Zool.), a large, edible, marine fish
(Ophiodon elongatus) of the northern Pacific coast; --
called also blue cod, and cultus cod.
Buffalo fly, or Buffalo gnat (Zool.), a small dipterous
insect of the genus Simulium, allied to the black fly of
the North. It is often extremely abundant in the lower
part of the Mississippi valley and does great injury to
domestic animals, often killing large numbers of cattle
and horses. In Europe the Columbatz fly is a species with
Buffalo grass (Bot.), a species of short, sweet grass
(Buchlo["e] dactyloides), from two to four inches high,
covering the prairies on which the buffaloes, or bisons,
Buffalo nut (Bot.), the oily and drupelike fruit of an
American shrub (Pyrularia oleifera); also, the shrub
Buffalo robe, the skin of the bison of North America,
prepared with the hair on; -- much used as a lap robe in
[1913 Webster] buffalofish
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: oily drupaceous fruit of rabbitwood [syn: buffalo nut,
elk nut, oil nut]
2: shrub of southeastern United States parasitic on roots of
hemlocks having sparse spikes of greenish flowers and pulpy
drupes [syn: rabbitwood, buffalo nut, Pyrularia pubera]