The definition of a buffalo is a large wild ox with horns that point to the back.(noun)
An example of a buffalo is the water buffalo.
To buffalo is to confuse or deceive.(verb)
An example of buffalo is to convince someone to get a loan with a very high interest rate by suggesting that the interest rate will be low.
See buffalo in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: It bufalo < LL bufalus, var. of bubalus, wild ox < Gr boubalos, buffalo, antelope < bous, ox, cow
Origin: transl. of the name of a Seneca Indian who lived there
See buffalo in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. buffalo buffalo or buf·fa·loes or buf·fa·los
Origin: Italian bufalo
Origin: or Portuguese
Origin: or Spanish búfalo
Origin: , from Late Latin būfalus
Origin: , from Latin būbalus, antelope, buffalo
Origin: , from Greek boubalos
Origin: , perhaps from bous, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots. Word History: The buffalo is so closely associated with the Wild West that one might assume that its name comes from a Native American word, as is the case with the words moose and skunk. In fact, however, buffalo can probably be traced back by way of one or more of the Romance languages through Late and Classical Latin and ultimately to the Greek word boubalos, meaning “an antelope or a buffalo.” The buffalo referred to by the Greek and Latin words was of course not the American one but an Old World mammal, such as the water buffalo of southern Asia. Applied to the North American mammal, buffalo is a misnomer, bison being the preferred term. As far as everyday usage is concerned, however, buffalo, first recorded for the American mammal in 1635, is older than bison, first recorded in 1774.
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