noun (plural same or buffaloes)
- 1a heavily built wild ox with backward-curving horns, found mainly in the Old World tropics:
- four species native to South Asia (genus Bubalus, family Bovidae).See also water buffalo, anoa a wild ox with large horns, native to Africa south of the Sahara (Synceros caffer, family Bovidae, the African buffalo), sometimes considered to be two species, the Cape buffalo and the forest (or dwarf) buffalo.
verb (buffaloes, buffaloing, buffaloed)[with object] North American informal
mid 16th century: probably from Portuguese bufalo, from late Latin bufalus, from earlier bubalus, from Greek boubalos 'antelope, wild ox'
The plural of buffalo is either the same as the singular or is made by adding -es: (buffalo or buffaloes).