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ˈbaɪ sən, -zənbi·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bisonnoun

    any of several large humped bovids having shaggy manes and large heads and short horns


  1. bisonnoun

    A wild ox, Bison bonasus.

    Etymology: bison , from bison, of origin, from wīsundaz, from wisAn-. Akin to wisunt "bison" ( Wisent "bison"), wesend "bison, buffalo, wild ox", wesent "wild ox".

  2. bisonnoun

    A similar American animal, Bison bison else Bos americanus or Bisonte americano; also called a buffalo.

    Etymology: bison , from bison, of origin, from wīsundaz, from wisAn-. Akin to wisunt "bison" ( Wisent "bison"), wesend "bison, buffalo, wild ox", wesent "wild ox".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bisonnoun

    the aurochs or European bison

  2. Bisonnoun

    the American bison buffalo (Bison Americanus), a large, gregarious bovine quadruped with shaggy mane and short black horns, which formerly roamed in herds over most of the temperate portion of North America, but is now restricted to very limited districts in the region of the Rocky Mountains, and is rapidly decreasing in numbers


  1. Bison

    Bison are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison within the subfamily Bovinae. There are two extant and four extinct species recognized. Of the four extinct species, three were North American; Bison antiquus, B. latifrons, and B. occidentalis. The fourth; the Bison priscus ranged across steppe environments from Western Europe, through Central Asia, and onto North America. There are two surviving species; the American bison, Bison bison, also known as the American buffalo, found only in North America, is the most numerous. It is named buffalo although it is only distantly related to the true buffalo. The North American species is composed of two subspecies, the plains bison, Bison bison bison, and the wood bison, Bison bison athabascae. The European bison Bison bonasus, or wisent is found in Europe and the Caucasus, re-introduced after being extinct in the wild. While all bison species are usually grouped into their own genus, they are sometimes included in the closely related genus Bos, together with cattle, gaur, kouprey and yaks, with which bison have a limited ability to interbreed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bison

    bī′son, or bis′on, n. a large wild animal like the bull, found in Lithuania, the Caucasus, &c., with shaggy hair and a fatty hump on its shoulders.—The American 'buffalo' is also a bison. [From L. pl. bisontes, prob. of Teut. origin; cf. Old High Ger. wisunt, A.S. wesend.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Bison

    A genus of the family Bovidae having two species: B. bison and B. bonasus. This concept is differentiated from BUFFALOES, which refers to Bubalus arnee and Syncerus caffer.


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Editors Contribution

  1. bison

    A type of animal.

    Bison are found in various countries around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bison in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bison in a Sentence

  1. Craig McMullen:

    As long as there's no lethal removal of bison, our ability to remove them is greatly diminished.

  2. Mike Everhart:

    The bear skull was washed out of the same river sediments that routinely produce the skulls and bones of the American bison, some of which could date back as far as the last Ice Age, whether it is hundreds or thousands of years old, the skull gives us a better insight into the richness of life on the plains before Western man.

  3. Easton Stick:

    Fargo, North Dakota, means a ton to us. It was a lot of fun to be out there with Trey and get a chance to represent the Bison a little bit.

  4. Yellowstone National Park:

    The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her.

  5. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming:

    Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous.

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    • A. appellative
    • B. ravening
    • C. butch
    • D. equivalent

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