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Buffalo fish at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Buffalo \Buf"fa*lo\, n.; pl. {Buffaloes}. [Sp. bufalo (cf. It.
bufalo, F. buffle), fr. L. bubalus, bufalus, a kind of
African stag or gazelle; also, the buffalo or wild ox, fr.
Gr. ? buffalo, prob. fr. ? ox. See {Cow} the animal, and cf.
{Buff} the color, and {Bubale}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A species of the genus {Bos} or {Bubalus} ({B.
bubalus}), originally from India, but now found in most of
the warmer countries of the eastern continent. It is
larger and less docile than the common ox, and is fond of
marshy places and rivers.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A very large and savage species of the same
genus ({B. Caffer}) found in South Africa; -- called also
{Cape buffalo}.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of wild ox.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The bison of North America.

5. A buffalo robe. See {Buffalo robe}, below.

6. (Zo["o]l.) The buffalo fish. See {Buffalo fish}, below.

{Buffalo berry} (Bot.), a shrub of the Upper Missouri
({Sherherdia argentea}) with acid edible red berries.

{Buffalo bird} (Zo["o]l.), an African bird of the genus
{Buphaga}, of two species. These birds perch upon
buffaloes and cattle, in search of parasites.

{Buffalo bug}, the carpet beetle. See under {Carpet}.

{Buffalo chips}, dry dung of the buffalo, or bison, used for
fuel. [U.S.]

{Buffalo clover} (Bot.), a kind of clover ({Trifolium
reflexum} and {T.soloniferum}) found in the ancient
grazing grounds of the American bison.

{Buffalo cod} (Zo["o]l.), a large, edible, marine fish
({Ophiodon elongatus}) of the northern Pacific coast; --
called also {blue cod}, and {cultus cod}.

{Buffalo fish} (Zo["o]l.), one of several large fresh-water
fishes of the family {Catostomid[ae]}, of the Mississippi
valley. The red-mouthed or brown ({Ictiobus bubalus}), the
big-mouthed or black ({Bubalichthys urus}), and the
small-mouthed ({B. altus}), are among the more important
species used as food.

{Buffalo fly}, or {Buffalo gnat} (Zo["o]l.), a small
dipterous insect of the genus {Simulium}, allied to the
black fly of the North. It is often extremely abundant in
the lower part of the Mississippi valley and does great
injury to domestic animals, often killing large numbers of
cattle and horses. In Europe the Columbatz fly is a
species with similar habits.

{Buffalo grass} (Bot.), a species of short, sweet grass
({Buchlo["e] dactyloides}), from two to four inches high,
covering the prairies on which the buffaloes, or bisons,
feed. [U.S.]

{Buffalo nut} (Bot.), the oily and drupelike fruit of an
American shrub ({Pyrularia oleifera}); also, the shrub
itself; oilnut.

{Buffalo robe}, the skin of the bison of North America,
prepared with the hair on; -- much used as a lap robe in

buffalo fish at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Sucker \Suck"er\ (s[u^]k"[~e]r), n.
1. One who, or that which, sucks; esp., one of the organs by
which certain animals, as the octopus and remora, adhere
to other bodies.

2. A suckling; a sucking animal. --Beau. & Fl.

3. The embolus, or bucket, of a pump; also, the valve of a
pump basket. --Boyle.

4. A pipe through which anything is drawn.

5. A small piece of leather, usually round, having a string
attached to the center, which, when saturated with water
and pressed upon a stone or other body having a smooth
surface, adheres, by reason of the atmospheric pressure,
with such force as to enable a considerable weight to be
thus lifted by the string; -- used by children as a

6. (Bot.) A shoot from the roots or lower part of the stem of
a plant; -- so called, perhaps, from diverting nourishment
from the body of the plant.

7. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Any one of numerous species of North American
fresh-water cyprinoid fishes of the family
{Catostomid[ae]}; so called because the lips are
protrusile. The flesh is coarse, and they are of
little value as food. The most common species of the
Eastern United States are the northern sucker
({Catostomus Commersoni}), the white sucker ({C.
teres}), the hog sucker ({C. nigricans}), and the
chub, or sweet sucker ({Erimyzon sucetta}). Some of
the large Western species are called {buffalo fish},
{red horse}, {black horse}, and {suckerel}.
(b) The remora.
(c) The lumpfish.
(d) The hagfish, or myxine.
(e) A California food fish ({Menticirrus undulatus})
closely allied to the kingfish
(a); -- called also {bagre}.

8. A parasite; a sponger. See def. 6, above.

They who constantly converse with men far above
their estates shall reap shame and loss thereby; if
thou payest nothing, they will count thee a sucker,
no branch. --Fuller.

9. A hard drinker; a soaker. [Slang]

10. A greenhorn; one easily gulled. [Slang, U.S.]

11. A nickname applied to a native of Illinois. [U. S.]

{Carp sucker}, {Cherry sucker}, etc. See under {Carp},
{Cherry}, etc.

{Sucker fish}. See {Sucking fish}, under {Sucking}.

{Sucker rod}, a pump rod. See under {Pump}.

{Sucker tube} (Zo["o]l.), one of the external ambulacral
tubes of an echinoderm, -- usually terminated by a sucker
and used for locomotion. Called also {sucker foot}. See

buffalo fish at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

buffalo fish
n : any of several large suckers of the Mississippi valley [syn:

buffalo fish at English (WD) Of Explained:



Descriptive, from buffalo and fish.


buffalo fish
  • Any of several North American freshwater sucker fishes of the genus Ictiobus, similar to carp but having a humped back.

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    Translation: ta » buffalo fish