- In the Old World, any bird of prey of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
- In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the turkey vulture.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BUZZARD. A simple fellow. A blind buzzard: a
pur-blind man or woman.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Buz"zard (bŭz"z&etilde;rd), n. [O.E.
busard, bosard, F. busard, fr. buse, L.
buteo, a kind of falcon or hawk.]
1. (Zoöl.) A bird of prey of the Hawk
family, belonging to the genus Buteo and related genera.
&fist; The Buteo vulgaris is the common buzzard of Europe.
The American species (of which the most common are B. borealis,
B. Pennsylvanicus, and B. lineatus) are usually called hen
hawks. -- The rough-legged buzzard, or bee hawk, of Europe
(Pernis apivorus) feeds on bees and their larvæ, with other
insects, and reptiles. -- The moor buzzard of Europe is Circus
æruginosus. See Turkey buzzard, and Carrion
Bald buzzard, the fishhawk or osprey. See
2. A blockhead; a dunce.
It is common, to a proverb, to call one who can not be
taught, or who continues obstinately ignorant, a buzzard.
Buz"zard, a. Senseless; stupid.
[R. & Obs.] Milton.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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