buzzard

Definitions:

  • Any of various North American vultures, such as the turkey vulture.
  • A hawk of the genus <em>Buteo,</em> having broad wings and a broad tail.
  • An avaricious or otherwise unpleasant person.
  • In <em>ornithology</em>: Any hawk of the genus <em>Buteo</em> or subfamily <em>Buteoninæ.</em> (See these words.)
  • Some other hawk, not used in falconry, with a qualifying term to indicate the species: as, the moor-<em>buzzard, Circus æruginosus</em>, of Europe; the honey-<em>buzzard, Pernis apivorus</em>; the bald <em>buzzard</em>, the osprey, <em>Pandion haliaëtus.</em> An American vulture of the family <em>Cathartidæ</em>; the turkey-buzzard, <em>Cathartes aura.</em> See cut under <internalXref urlencoded="Cathartes">Cathartes</internalXref>.
  • A blockhead; a dunce.
  • A coward.
  • A hawk that flies by night.
  • Compare <internalXref urlencoded="buzzard-moth">buzzard-moth</internalXref>.
  • Senseless; stupid.
  • A bird of prey of the Hawk family, belonging to the genus Buteo and related genera.
  • In the United States, a term used for the <er>turkey vulture</er> (<spn>Cathartes aura</spn>), and sometimes indiscriminately to any vulture.
  • the fishhawk or osprey. See <er>Fishhawk</er>.
  • A blockhead; a dunce.
  • Senseless; stupid.
  • Any of several Old-World <xref>birds of prey</xref> with broad wings and a broad tail.
  • In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the <xref>American black vulture</xref>, also called American black buzzard (<xref>Coragyps atratus</xref>), and the <xref>turkey vulture</xref> (<xref>Cathartes aura</xref>).
  • a <xref>curmudgeonly</xref> or <xref>cantankerous</xref> old man.
  • a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States
  • the common European short-winged hawk
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