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1 large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains [syn: American bison, American buffalo, Bison bison]
2 a city on Lake Erie in western New York (near Niagara Falls)
3 meat from an American bison
4 any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo [syn: Old World buffalo] v : intimidate or overawe [also: buffaloes (pl)]

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see Buffalo



Portuguese búfalo


  • a RP /ˈbʌf.əl.əʊ/, /"bVf.@l.@U/
  • a US , /ˈbʌf.ə.loʊ/, /"bVf.@.loU/


  1. Any of the Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the Cape Buffalo, Syncerus caffer, or the water buffalo Buabalus bubalis.
  2. A related North American animal, the American bison, Bison bison.
  3. A buffalo robe.
  4. The buffalo fish.

Related terms


Old World mammals
North American bison


  1. To hunt buffalo.
  2. In the context of "US|slang|transitive": To outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.
  3. archaic transitive To pistol-whip.


hunt buffalo
  • Danish: jage bøfler, gå på jagt (gå på bøffeljagt)
  • Polish: polować na bawoły
outwit, confuse

Extensive Definition

Buffalo most commonly refers to:
Buffalo may also refer to:


  • Buffalo, any of various wild oxen of the family Bovidae, suspected to be related to the Bubalus genus either directly or through the more distant Syncerus genus
  • Mountain Anoa (Bubalus quarlesi)
  • Bison, a genus that includes the American Bison (Bison bison), which is also known as the American Buffalo.
  • White buffalo, bison that are white in color
  • Wisent or European Buffalo (Bison bonasus)
  • Gaur (Bos gaurus) sometimes called the Indian Buffalo.
  • African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), the buffalo native to Africa.


Members of the freshwater fish genus Ictiobus, commonly known as "buffalo fish"



South Africa


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  • American Buffalo (coin), a one ounce 24-karat gold bullion coin introduced by the United States Mint on 22nd June 2006
  • Buffalo nickel, an American nickel five-cent piece minted from 1913 to 1938
buffalo in German: Buffalo (Begriffsklärung)
buffalo in Spanish: Búfalo
buffalo in Esperanto: Bubalo
buffalo in French: Buffalo
buffalo in Dutch: Buffel
buffalo in Japanese: バッファロー
buffalo in Polish: Bawół
buffalo in Finnish: Buffalo
buffalo in Russian: Буйвол
buffalo in Swedish: Buffalo
buffalo in Chinese: 水牛城 (消歧義)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brahman, Indian buffalo, addle, amaze, aurochs, baffle, balk, bamboozle, beat, beef, beef cattle, beeves, bilk, bison, boggle, bossy, bovine, bovine animal, bull, bullock, calf, carabao, cattle, circumvent, confound, cow, critter, dairy cattle, dairy cow, dash, daze, disappoint, dogie, floor, foil, fuddle, get, heifer, hornless cow, keep in suspense, kine, leppy, lick, maverick, maze, milch cow, milcher, milk cow, milker, muddle, muley cow, muley head, musk-ox, mystify, neat, nonplus, ox, oxen, perplex, puzzle, ruin, steer, stick, stirk, stot, stump, throw, wisent, yak, yearling, zebu
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