buffalo soldierbuffalo soldier
[alsoB- S-]Historical an African-American soldier, esp. one who served in any of the all-black cavalry units of the U.S. Army in the American West in the second half of the 19th cent.
Origin of buffalo soldierorigin, originally uncertain
A member of one of the African-American regiments within the US Army after the Civil War, serving primarily in the Indian wars of the late 1860s.
Origin of buffalo soldierTranslation of a Kiowa term, from the perceived similarity between the soldiers' hair and the hair on a buffalo's head