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  • 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 buzzard.

Bald buzzard, the fishhawk or osprey. See Fishhawk.

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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