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buzzard


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buzzard  \Buz"zard\  (b[u^]z"z[~e]rd),  n.[O.E.  busard,  bosard,  F. 
  busard,  fr  buse,  L.  buteo,  a  kind  of  falcon  or  hawk.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  bird  of  prey  of  the  Hawk  family,  belonging  to 
  the  genus  {Buteo}  and  related  genera. 
 
  Note:  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  larv[ae],  with  other  insects,  and 
  reptiles.  --  The  moor  buzzard  of  Europe  is  {Circus 
  [ae]ruginosus}.  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.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buzzard  \Buz"zard\,  a. 
  Senseless;  stupid.  [R.  &  Obs.]  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  buzzard 
  n  1:  common  in  South  and  Central  America  and  southern  United 
  States  [syn:  {turkey  buzzard},  {turkey  vulture},  {Cathartes 
  aura}] 
  2:  the  common  European  short-winged  hawk  [syn:  {Buteo  buteo}] 




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