Definition of buffalo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfələʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfəloʊ//
    (pl. buffalo, buffaloes) Domesticated mammals
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  1. 1a large animal of the cow family. There are two types of buffalo, the African and the Asian, which has wide, curved horns. see also water buffalo See related entries: Domesticated mammals
  2. 2= bison See related entries: Domesticated mammals
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: probably from Portuguese bufalo, from late Latin bufalus, from earlier bubalus, from Greek boubalos ‘antelope, wild ox’.
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