1. Any of various North American vultures, such as the turkey vulture.
2. Chiefly British A hawk of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
3. An avaricious or otherwise unpleasant person.
[Middle English busard, hawk of the genus Buteo, from Old French, from Latin būteō.]
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