Origin of bisonEarly Modern English bisontes, plural ; from L, plural of bison, wild ox ; from Germanic an unverified form wisunt ; from Indo-European an unverified form wis-onto- ; from base an unverified form weis-: see weasel
nounpl. bison bison
- A bovine mammal (Bison bison) of western North America, having large forequarters, a shaggy mane, and a massive head with short curved horns; a buffalo.
- A bovine mammal (Bison bonasus) of Europe, similar to the North American bison but with a somewhat smaller head and longer horns; a wisent.
- The flesh of the North American bison, used as food.
Origin of bisonLatin bisōn, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wisunt.
North American bison
(plural bison or bisons)
Middle English bisontes (plural), from Old French bison, from Latin bisōn, bisōnt- (“wild ox”), from Proto-Germanic *wisundaz (“wild ox, aurochs”), from Proto-Indo-European *wisAn- (“aurochs, aurochs horn”), from Proto-Indo-European *weys- (“to flow, melt”). Akin to Old High German wisunt "bison" (German Wisent "bison"), Old English wesend, wusend "bison, buffalo, wild ox", Middle Dutch wēsent "wild ox".
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