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any of several broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo and allied genera, especially B. buteo, of Europe.
any of several New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, especially the turkey vulture.
Slang. a contemptible or cantankerous person (often preceded by old):
That old buzzard has lived in the same shack for twenty years.
Obsolete. senseless; stupid.
any of various nocturnal buzzing insects, as cockchafers.
Historical Examples

A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge
Fairy Tales from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins Nell Speed
Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
The Animal Story Book Various
The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid

any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Buteo, typically having broad wings and tail and a soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc) Compare honey buzzard, turkey buzzard
a mean or cantankerous person

A dislikable person, esp an old man: a stingy and predatory old buzzard (1600s+)
The eagle worn as insignia by a colonel or a naval captain (1930s+ Armed forces)


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