Old E. busard, bosard, (French) busard, from buse, (Latin) buteo, a kind of falcon or hawk.
1. (Zoölogy) 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 larvae, with other insects, and reptiles. -- The moor buzzard of Europe is Circus aeruginosus. 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.
Senseless; stupid. [Rare & Obs.] Milton.
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From Anglo-Norman buisart, from Old French buison, buson (French buse), possibly from Latin buteōn (“buteo”).
broadwing turkey vulture vulture
buzzard (plural buzzards) Any of several Old-World birds of prey with broad wings and a broad tail. In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura). (colloquial, derogatory, slang, often preceded by "old", the "old buzzard") A curmudgeonly or cantankerous man; an old person; a mean, greedy person. (archaic) A blockhead; a dunce. Goldsmith It is common, to a proverb, to call one who can not be taught, or who continues obstinately ignorant, a buzzard.
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