Definition of Bustard

1. Noun. Large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes.

Generic synonyms: Wader, Wading Bird
Group relationships: Family Otididae, Otididae
Specialized synonyms: Great Bustard, Otis Tarda, Choriotis Australis, Plain Turkey

Definition of Bustard

1. n. A bird of the genus Otis.

Definition of Bustard

1. Noun. Any of several large terrestrial birds of the family ''Otidae'' that inhabit dry open country and steppes in the Old World. ¹

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Definition of Bustard

1. a game bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bustard

1. A bird of the genus Otis. The great or bearded bustard (Otis tarda) is the largest game bird in Europe. It inhabits the temperate regions of Europe and Asia, and was formerly common in Great Britain. The little bustard (O. Tetrax) inhabits eastern Europe and Morocco. Many other species are known in Asia and Africa. Origin: OF. & Prov. F. Bistarde, F. Outarde, from L. Avis tarda, lit, slow bird. 10, 22; "proximae iis sunt, quas Hispania aves tardas appellat, Graecia .". Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bustard

bust a cap
bust a gasket
bust a move
bust chops
bust one's chops
bust out
bust up
bustard (current term)
bustard quail
busted flush
busted flushes

Literary usage of Bustard

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Birds of Jamaica: Being a History of the Bird, Its Structure, and Habits by Philip Henry Gosse, Alfred Edmund Brehm, Richard Hill (1874)
"Save that the bustard, of those regions Monk Shy tenant, seeing by the ... THE European representative of the Ostrich is the Great bustard,—a noble, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"Of the thirty different bustards, two, the Great bustard, O. tarda, 42, ... The Great bustard was formerly resident in England, the last of the British race ..."

3. A History of the Earth, and Animated Natureby Oliver Goldsmith, Washington Irving by Oliver Goldsmith, Washington Irving (1854)
"THE bustard. The bustard is much larger than the turkey, the male generally weighing ... The bustard is the largest land-bird that is a native of Britain. ..."

4. A history of British birds by Francis Orpen Morris (1855)
"The only British, or, I believe, European specimen of this bustard at present on record, was shot at Kirton in Lindsay, Lincolnshire, on the 7th. of October ..."

5. Orr's Circle of the Sciences: A Series of Treatises on the Principles of by William Somerville Orr (1855)
"Two species are found in Britain, but one of these, the Great bustard (Otis tarda), ... The second British species, the Little bustard (Otis tetrax, Fig. ..."

6. Notes of Travel in South-western Africa by Charles John Andersson (1882)
"Game birds of South Africa—The Kori bustard—Rufous-crested bustard— ... bustard—Cape guinea-fowls—• Great travellers—The chasse—Swainson's ..."

7. The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White, George Christopher Davies (1890)
"Two or three years ago a male bustard was seen on the fens, and every effort was made by the landowners to keep it safe. They even turned out two female ..."

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