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
- 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 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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