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Any of various large, long-legged Old World game birds of the family Otididae that nest on the ground and frequent dry grassy plains.
(Animals) any terrestrial bird of the family Otididae, inhabiting open regions of the Old World: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). They have long strong legs, a heavy body, a long neck, and speckled plumage
[C15: from Old French bistarde, influenced by Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda slow bird]
any of various chiefly terrestrial birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia.
[1425–75; late Middle English, appar. b. Middle French bistarde and oustarde, both < Latin avis tarda literally, slow bird]
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|Noun||1.||bustard - large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes|