6. The bare skin; as, to strip to the buff. [Colloq.]
To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
1. Made of buff leather. Goldsmith.
2. Of the color of buff.
Buff coat, a close, military outer garment, with short sleeves, and laced tightly over the chest, made
of buffalo skin, or other thick and elastic material, worn by soldiers in the 17th century as a defensive
covering. Buff jerkin, originally, a leather waistcoat; afterward, one of cloth of a buff color. [Obs.]
Nares. Buff stick (Mech.), a strip of wood covered with buff leather, used in polishing.
(Buff), v. t. To polish with a buff. See Buff, n., 5.
(Buff), v. t. [OF. bufer to cuff, buffet. See Buffet a blow.] To strike. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Buff), n. [See Buffet.] A buffet; a blow; obsolete except in the phrase "Blindman's buff."
Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent
That made him reel.
(Buff), a. [Of uncertain etymol.] Firm; sturdy.
And for the good old cause stood buff,
'Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff.
Aria buffa, a droll or comic air. Opera buffa, a comic opera. See Opera bouffe.
(||Buf"fa) n. fem. (Mus.) [It. See Buffoon.] The comic actress in an opera. a. Comic, farcical.
(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. (Zoöl.) A species of the genus Bos or Bubalus (B. 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.
2. (Zoöl.) A very large and savage species of the same genus (B. Caffer) found in South Africa; called
also Cape buffalo.
3. (Zoöl.) Any species of wild ox.
4. (Zoöl.) The bison of North America.
5. A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below.
6. (Zoöl.) The buffalo fish. See Buffalo fish, below.
Buffalo berry (Bot.), a shrub of the Upper Missouri (Sherherdia argentea) with acid edible red berries.
Buffalo bird (Zoöl.), 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 T.soloniferum) found in the ancient grazing grounds of the American
bison. Buffalo cod (Zoöl.), a large, edible, marine fish (Ophiodon elongatus) of the northern Pacific
coast; called also blue cod, and cultus cod. Buffalo fish (Zoöl.), one of several large fresh-water
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