buffalo bug


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. (Zool.) A species of the genus Bos or Bubalus
      (Bubalus 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.
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   2. (Zool.) A very large and savage species of the same genus
      (Syncerus Caffer syn. Bubalus Caffer) found in South
      Africa; -- called also Cape buffalo.
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   3. (Zool.) Any species of wild ox.
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   4. (Zool.) The bison of North America.
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   5. A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below.
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   6. (Zool.) The buffalo fish. See Buffalofish, below.
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   Buffalo berry (Bot.), a shrub of the Upper Missouri
      (Sherherdia argentea) with acid edible red berries.

   Buffalo bird (Zool.), 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 Trifoliumsoloniferum) found in the ancient
      grazing grounds of the American bison.

   Buffalo cod (Zool.), a large, edible, marine fish
      (Ophiodon elongatus) of the northern Pacific coast; --
      called also blue cod, and cultus cod.

   Buffalo fly, or Buffalo gnat (Zool.), 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
      sleighs.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Carpet \Car"pet\ (k[aum]r"p[e^]t), n. [OF. carpite rug, soft of
   cloth, F. carpette coarse packing cloth, rug (cf. It. carpita
   rug, blanket), LL. carpeta, carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L.
   carpere to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo`s fruit, E.
   Harvest.]
   1. A heavy woven or felted fabric, usually of wool, but also
      of cotton, hemp, straw, etc.; esp. a floor covering made
      in breadths to be sewed together and nailed to the floor,
      as distinguished from a rug or mat; originally, also, a
      wrought cover for tables.
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            Tables and beds covered with copes instead of
            carpets and coverlets.                --T. Fuller.
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   2. A smooth soft covering resembling or suggesting a carpet.
      "The grassy carpet of this plain." --Shak.
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   Carpet beetle or Carpet bug (Zool.), a small beetle
      (Anthrenus scrophulari[ae]), which, in the larval state,
      does great damage to carpets and other woolen goods; --
      also called buffalo bug.

   Carpet knight.
      (a) A knight who enjoys ease and security, or luxury, and
          has not known the hardships of the field; a hero of
          the drawing room; an effeminate person. --Shak.
      (b) One made a knight, for some other than military
          distinction or service.

   Carpet moth (Zool.), the larva of an insect which feeds on
      carpets and other woolen goods. There are several kinds.
      Some are the larv[ae] of species of Tinea (as {Tinea
      tapetzella}); others of beetles, esp. Anthrenus.

   Carpet snake (Zool.), an Australian snake. See {Diamond
      snake}, under Diamond.

   Carpet sweeper, an apparatus or device for sweeping
      carpets.

   To be on the carpet, to be under consideration; to be the
      subject of deliberation; to be in sight; -- an expression
      derived from the use of carpets as table cover.

   Brussels carpet. See under Brussels.
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