Cape buffalo
Buffalo Buf"fa*lo, n.; pl. {Buffaloes}. [Sp. bufalo (cf. It. bufalo, F. buffle), fr. L. bubalus, bufalus, a kind of African stag or gazelle; also, the buffalo or wild ox, fr. Gr. ? buffalo, prob. fr. ? ox. See {Cow} the animal, and cf. {Buff} the color, and {Bubale}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A species of the genus {Bos} or {Bubalus} ({Bubalus bubalus}), originally from India, but now found in most of the warmer countries of the eastern continent. It is larger and less docile than the common ox, and is fond of marshy places and rivers. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A very large and savage species of the same genus ({Syncerus Caffer} syn. {Bubalus Caffer}) found in South Africa; -- called also {Cape buffalo}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of wild ox. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The bison of North America. [1913 Webster]

5. A buffalo robe. See {Buffalo robe}, below. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) The buffalo fish. See {Buffalofish}, below. [1913 Webster]

{Buffalo berry} (Bot.), a shrub of the Upper Missouri ({Sherherdia argentea}) with acid edible red berries.

{Buffalo bird} (Zo["o]l.), an African bird of the genus {Buphaga}, of two species. These birds perch upon buffaloes and cattle, in search of parasites.

{Buffalo bug}, the carpet beetle. See under {Carpet}.

{Buffalo chips}, dry dung of the buffalo, or bison, used for fuel. [U.S.]

{Buffalo clover} (Bot.), a kind of clover ({Trifolium reflexum} and {Trifoliumsoloniferum}) found in the ancient grazing grounds of the American bison.

{Buffalo cod} (Zo["o]l.), a large, edible, marine fish ({Ophiodon elongatus}) of the northern Pacific coast; -- called also {blue cod}, and {cultus cod}.

{Buffalo fly}, or {Buffalo gnat} (Zo["o]l.), a small dipterous insect of the genus {Simulium}, allied to the black fly of the North. It is often extremely abundant in the lower part of the Mississippi valley and does great injury to domestic animals, often killing large numbers of cattle and horses. In Europe the Columbatz fly is a species with similar habits.

{Buffalo grass} (Bot.), a species of short, sweet grass ({Buchlo["e] dactyloides}), from two to four inches high, covering the prairies on which the buffaloes, or bisons, feed. [U.S.]

{Buffalo nut} (Bot.), the oily and drupelike fruit of an American shrub ({Pyrularia oleifera}); also, the shrub itself; oilnut.

{Buffalo robe}, the skin of the bison of North America, prepared with the hair on; -- much used as a lap robe in sleighs. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cape buffalo — Cape Cape (k[=a]p), n. [F. cap, fr. It. capo head, cape, fr. L. caput heat, end, point. See {Chief}.] A piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into the sea or a lake; a promontory; a headland. [1913 Webster] {Cape buffalo}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cape buffalo — n. a large, black, nearly hairless, very fierce buffalo (Syncerus caffer) of South Africa, with horns joined at the bases to form a helmetlike structure …   English World dictionary

  • Cape buffalo — a large black buffalo, Syncerus caffer, of southern Africa, having horns that meet at the base forming a helmetlike structure over the forehead. [1885 90] * * * Massive, black, horned buffalo (Syncerus caffer), formerly found throughout sub… …   Universalium

  • Cape buffalo — afrikinis buivolas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Syncerus caffer angl. African buffalo; Cape buffalo vok. afrikanischer Büffel; Kaffernbüffel; Steppenbüffel rus. африканский буйвол; ёрный буйвол… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Cape buffalo — Cape′ buf falo n. mam African buffalo • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Cape buffalo — noun Etymology: Cape of Good Hope, Africa Date: 1860 the large reddish brown to black wild buffalo (Syncerus caffer) of sub Saharan Africa called also African buffalo …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cape buffalo — /ˈkeɪp bʌfəloʊ/ (say kayp bufuhloh) noun a large, short haired buffalo, Syncerus caffer, of southern Africa, having massive curved horns; the only species of buffalo native to the African continent. Also, African buffalo …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cape buffalo — noun large often savage buffalo of southern Africa having upward curving horns; mostly in game reserves • Syn: ↑Synercus caffer • Hypernyms: ↑Old World buffalo, ↑buffalo • Member Holonyms: ↑Synercus, ↑genus Synercus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cape buffalo — noun A large African bovid, Syncerus caffer. Syn: African buffalo …   Wiktionary

  • Cape — (k[=a]p), n. [F. cap, fr. It. capo head, cape, fr. L. caput heat, end, point. See {Chief}.] A piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into the sea or a lake; a promontory; a headland. [1913 Webster] {Cape buffalo} (Zo[ o]l.) a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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