What does buffalo mean?

Definitions for buffalo
ˈbʌf əˌloʊbuf·fa·lo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. American bison, American buffalo, buffalo, Bison bisonnoun

    large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains

  2. Buffalonoun

    a city on Lake Erie in western New York (near Niagara Falls)

  3. buffalonoun

    meat from an American bison

  4. Old World buffalo, buffaloverb

    any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo

  5. buffaloverb

    intimidate or overawe


  1. buffalonoun

    Any of the Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the Cape Buffalo, Syncerus caffer, or the water buffalo Buabalus bubalis.

  2. buffalonoun

    A related North American animal, the American bison, Bison bison.

  3. buffalonoun

    A buffalo robe.

  4. buffalonoun

    The buffalo fish.

  5. buffaloverb

    To hunt buffalo.

  6. buffaloverb

    To outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.

  7. buffaloverb

    To pistol-whip.

  8. Buffalonoun

    A city in New York State, very near Niagara Falls.

  9. Etymology: búfalo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BUFFALOnoun

    A kind of wild ox.

    Etymology: Ital.

    Become th’ unworthy browse
    Of buffaloes, salt goats, and hungry cows. John Dryden, Virgil.


  1. buffalo

    A buffalo is a large, herbivorous mammal, known for its broad, robust body, dense fur, and large horns. They belong to the Bovidae family and are often found in Africa and Asia. These herd animals play an essential role in farming and labor in some cultures, providing meat, milk, and hides, as well as aiding in ploughing agricultural fields. The term "buffalo" is often inaccurately used to refer to the North American bison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buffalonoun

    a species of the genus Bos or Bubalus (B. 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

  2. Buffalonoun

    a very large and savage species of the same genus (B. Caffer) found in South Africa; -- called also Cape buffalo

  3. Buffalonoun

    any species of wild ox

  4. Buffalonoun

    the bison of North America

  5. Buffalonoun

    a buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below

  6. Buffalonoun

    the buffalo fish. See Buffalo fish, below


  1. Buffalo

    Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Buffalo is the seat of Erie County and the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, the largest in Upstate New York. Buffalo itself has a population of 261,310 and the Buffalo–Niagara–Cattaraugus Combined Statistical Area is home to 1,215,826 residents. Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near the eponymous Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, with the city as its western terminus. By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States, and went on to become a major railroad hub, and the largest grain-milling center in the country. The latter part of the 20th century saw a reversal of fortunes: Great Lakes shipping was rerouted by the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and steel mills and other heavy industry relocated to places such as China. With the start of Amtrak in the 1970s, Buffalo Central Terminal was also abandoned, and trains were rerouted to nearby Depew, New York and Exchange Street Station. By 1990 the city had fallen back below its 1900 population levels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buffalo

    buf′a-lō, n. a genus of the ox kind, the tame, often domesticated Asiatic buffalo, and the entirely wild and fierce Cape buffalo. The so-called American buffalo is really a 'bison.' [It. buffalo, through L. from Gr. boubalos.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Buffalo

    a city of New York State, at the E. end of Lake Erie, 300 m. due NW. of New York; is a well-built, handsome, and healthy city; the railways and the Erie Canal are channels of extensive commerce in grain, cattle, and coal; while immense iron-works, tanneries, breweries, and flour-mills represent the industries; electric power for lighting, traction, &c., is supplied from Niagara.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. buffalo

    See Pack and Draught Animals.

Editors Contribution

  1. buffalo

    A type of animal.

    Buffalo are found in various countries around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Buffalo is ranked #26471 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Buffalo surname appeared 922 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Buffalo.

    50.3% or 464 total occurrences were White.
    30.1% or 278 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    11.1% or 103 total occurrences were Black.
    4.5% or 42 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buffalo in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buffalo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of buffalo in a Sentence

  1. Cassady Douglas:

    To set a record for the largest fish recorded out of a water body in Texas, and especially have it be smallmouth buffalo, which is probably one of my favorite fish, is just an amazing feeling, it's extraordinary.

  2. Evelyn Douek:

    Knight First Amendment Institute's not obvious to me that the Texas social media law would require platforms to carry the Buffalo shooting video.

  3. Patrick Kaler:

    Buffalo wings come in many flavors and tastes; you’re not going to get the same flavor of wings at all of these stops, you won’t get tired of eating wings at all of these tops.

  4. Office Director Thomas Feeley:

    The men and women who work at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility are detention officers, deportation officers, administrative support staff, doctors, nurses, judges, attorneys, and maintenance staff. Each and every one of them is entrusted with the safety, security, and care of the detainees here.

  5. Lachelle Nathan:

    It's awful, it's sad. My daughter-in-law is from Buffalo, so now it's so close to home, it's not even safe if you come outside anymore, you know ?

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