Bald buzzard
Buzzard Buz"zard (b[u^]z"z[~e]rd), n.[O.E. busard, bosard, F. busard, fr. buse, L. buteo, a kind of falcon or hawk.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus {Buteo} and related genera. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) In the United States, a term used for the {turkey vulture} ({Cathartes aura}), and sometimes indiscriminately to any vulture. [PJC]

Note: The {Buteo vulgaris} is the common buzzard of Europe. The American species (of which the most common are {Buteo borealis}, {Buteo Pennsylvanicus}, and {Buteo lineatus}) are usually called hen hawks. -- The rough-legged buzzard, or bee hawk, of Europe ({Pernis apivorus}) feeds on bees and their larv[ae], with other insects, and reptiles. -- The moor buzzard of Europe is {Circus [ae]ruginosus}. See {Turkey buzzard}, and {Carrion buzzard}. [1913 Webster]

{Bald buzzard}, the fishhawk or osprey. See {Fishhawk}. [1913 Webster]

2. A blockhead; a dunce. [1913 Webster]

It is common, to a proverb, to call one who can not be taught, or who continues obstinately ignorant, a buzzard. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bald buzzard — Bald Bald (b[add]ld), a. [OE. balled, ballid, perh. the p. p. of ball to reduce to the roundness or smoothness of a ball, by removing hair. [root]85. But cf. W. bali whiteness in a horse s forehead.] 1. Destitute of the natural or common covering …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bald buzzard — Fishhawk Fish hawk , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The osprey ({Pandion halia[ e]tus}), found both in Europe and America; so called because it plunges into the water and seizes fishes in its talons. Called also {fishing eagle}, and {bald buzzard}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buzzard — Buz zard (b[u^]z z[ e]rd), n.[O.E. busard, bosard, F. busard, fr. buse, L. buteo, a kind of falcon or hawk.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus {Buteo} and related genera. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bald — (b[add]ld), a. [OE. balled, ballid, perh. the p. p. of ball to reduce to the roundness or smoothness of a ball, by removing hair. [root]85. But cf. W. bali whiteness in a horse s forehead.] 1. Destitute of the natural or common covering on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Buteo borealis — Buzzard Buz zard (b[u^]z z[ e]rd), n.[O.E. busard, bosard, F. busard, fr. buse, L. buteo, a kind of falcon or hawk.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus {Buteo} and related genera. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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