buzzard

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Common buzzard, Buteo buteo, an Old World buzzard
American black vulture, Coragyps atratus

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From Anglo-Norman buisart, from Old French buison, buson (French buse), possibly from Latin buteōn (buteo).

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buzzard (plural buzzards)

  1. Any of several Old-World birds of prey with broad wings and a broad tail.
  2. In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).
  3. (colloquial, derogatory, slang, often preceded by "old", the "old buzzard") A curmudgeonly or cantankerous man; an old person; a mean, greedy person.
  4. (archaic) A blockhead; a dunce.
    • Goldsmith
      It is common, to a proverb, to call one who can not be taught, or who continues obstinately ignorant, a buzzard.

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