bustard
noun Etymology: Middle English, modification of Middle French bistarde, from Old Italian bistarda, from Latin avis tarda, literally, slow bird Date: 15th century any of a family (Otididae) of large chiefly terrestrial Old World and Australian game birds

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  • bustard — us tard (b[u^]s t[ e]rd), n. [OF. & Prov. F. bistarde, F. outarde, from L. avis tarda, lit., slow bird. Plin. 10, 22; proxim[ae] iis sunt, quas Hispania aves tardas appellat, Gr[ae]cia wti das. ] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of the genus {Otis}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bustard — Bustard, Fluß im Britischen Nordamerika; entspringt in dem See Aschikunipi u. mündet in den St. Lorenzstrom …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • bustard — (n.) large crane like bird, late 14c., from O.Fr. bistarde, said to be from L. avis tarda, but the sense of this ( slow bird ) is the opposite of the bird s behavior …   Etymology dictionary

  • bustard — ► NOUN ▪ a large swift running bird of open country. ORIGIN perhaps a blend of Old French bistarde and oustarde, from Latin avis tarda slow bird …   English terms dictionary

  • bustard — [bus′tərd] n. [ME < OFr bistarde (< OIt bistarda) & ostarde, both < L avis tarda, lit., slow bird, prob. folk etym. for name of Iberian orig.] any of a family (Otididae) of large, heavy, long legged gruiform birds of Europe, Asia, and… …   English World dictionary

  • Bustard — Bustards Kori Bustard Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • bustard — /bus teuhrd/, n. any of several large, chiefly terrestrial and ground running birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia, related to the cranes. [1425 75; late ME, appar. b. MF bistarde (OIt bistarda) and MF oustarde, both < L… …   Universalium

  • Bustard — Derived from the bird species of the same spelling, the surname is a nickname which has a similar translation to the name Crane i.e. a person with one leg or other striking physical features. The name is Heraldic, with a principle Coat of Arms… …   Surnames reference

  • bustard — [15] Bustard (the name of a large game bird now extinct in Britain) is something of a mystery word. Old French had two terms for the bird, bistarde and oustarde, both of which come from Latin avis tarda, literally ‘slow bird’ (Latin tardus gave… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bustard — [15] Bustard (the name of a large game bird now extinct in Britain) is something of a mystery word. Old French had two terms for the bird, bistarde and oustarde, both of which come from Latin avis tarda, literally ‘slow bird’ (Latin tardus gave… …   Word origins

  • bustard — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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