bustard

[15] Bustard (the name of a large game bird now extinct in Britain) is something of a mystery word. Old French had two terms for the bird, bistarde and oustarde, both of which come from Latin avis tarda, literally ‘slow bird’ (Latin tardus gave English tardy [15]). This, according to the Roman writer Pliny, was what the bird was called in Spain. It has been objected that the bustard can run quite fast, and that the name avis tarda must be some sort of folk-etymological alteration of a non-Latin word; but in fact the bird’s normal gait is a fairly slow and stately walk, so the term is not so far-fetched. The English word is presumably a blend of the two Old French ones, perhaps via an Anglo-Norman *bustarde. => TARDY

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • bustard — us tard (b[u^]s t[ e]rd), n. [OF. & Prov. F. bistarde, F. outarde, from L. avis tarda, lit., slow bird. Plin. 10, 22; proxim[ae] iis sunt, quas Hispania aves tardas appellat, Gr[ae]cia wti das. ] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of the genus {Otis}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bustard — Bustard, Fluß im Britischen Nordamerika; entspringt in dem See Aschikunipi u. mündet in den St. Lorenzstrom …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • bustard — (n.) large crane like bird, late 14c., from O.Fr. bistarde, said to be from L. avis tarda, but the sense of this ( slow bird ) is the opposite of the bird s behavior …   Etymology dictionary

  • bustard — ► NOUN ▪ a large swift running bird of open country. ORIGIN perhaps a blend of Old French bistarde and oustarde, from Latin avis tarda slow bird …   English terms dictionary

  • bustard — [bus′tərd] n. [ME < OFr bistarde (< OIt bistarda) & ostarde, both < L avis tarda, lit., slow bird, prob. folk etym. for name of Iberian orig.] any of a family (Otididae) of large, heavy, long legged gruiform birds of Europe, Asia, and… …   English World dictionary

  • Bustard — Bustards Kori Bustard Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • bustard — /bus teuhrd/, n. any of several large, chiefly terrestrial and ground running birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia, related to the cranes. [1425 75; late ME, appar. b. MF bistarde (OIt bistarda) and MF oustarde, both < L… …   Universalium

  • Bustard — Derived from the bird species of the same spelling, the surname is a nickname which has a similar translation to the name Crane i.e. a person with one leg or other striking physical features. The name is Heraldic, with a principle Coat of Arms… …   Surnames reference

  • bustard — [15] Bustard (the name of a large game bird now extinct in Britain) is something of a mystery word. Old French had two terms for the bird, bistarde and oustarde, both of which come from Latin avis tarda, literally ‘slow bird’ (Latin tardus gave… …   Word origins

  • bustard — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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