(Bun"ny), n. A pet name for a rabbit or a squirrel.
(||Bu`no*don"ta Bu"no*donts) n. pl. [NL. bunodonta, fr. Gr. hill, heap + a tooth.] (Zoöl.) A
division of the herbivorous mammals including the hogs and hippopotami; so called because the teeth
(Bun"sen's bat"ter*y Bun"sen's burn`er) See under Battery, and Burner.
(Bunt) n. (Bot.) A fungus (Ustilago ftida) which affects the ear of cereals, filling the grains with a
fetid dust; also called pepperbrand.
(Bunt), n. [Cf. Sw. bunt bundle, Dan. bundt, G. bund, E. bundle.] (Naut.) The middle part,
cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard. Totten.
(Bunt), v. i. (Naut.) To swell out; as, the sail bunts.
(Bunt), v. t. & i. To strike or push with the horns or head; to butt; as, the ram bunted the boy.
(Bun"ter) n. A woman who picks up rags in the streets; hence, a low, vulgar woman. [Cant]
Her . . . daughters, like bunters in stuff gowns.
(Bun"ting) n. [Scot. buntlin, corn-buntlin, OE. bunting, buntyle; of unknown origin.] (Zoöl.) A
bird of the genus Emberiza, or of an allied genus, related to the finches and sparrows (family Fringillidæ).
Among European species are the common or corn bunting (Emberiza miliaria); the ortolan (E. hortulana); the
cirl (E. cirlus); and the black-headed (Granitivora melanocephala). American species are the bay-winged
or grass (Poöcætes or Pocetes gramineus); the black- throated (Spiza Americana); the towhee bunting or
chewink (Pipilo); the snow bunting (Plectrophanax nivalis); the rice bunting or bobolink, and others. See
Ortolan, Chewick, Snow bunting, Lark bunting.
(Bun"ting, Bun"tine) n. [Prov. E. bunting sifting flour, OE. bonten to sift, hence prob. the
material used for that purpose.] A thin woolen stuff, used chiefly for flags, colors, and ships' signals.
(Bunt"line) n. [2d bunt + line.] (Naut.) One of the ropes toggled to the footrope of a sail,
used to haul up to the yard the body of the sail when taking it in. Totten.
(Bun"yon, Bun"ion) n. [Cf. Prov. E. bunny a small swelling, fr. OF. bugne, It. bugna, bugnone.
See Bun.] (Med.) An enlargement and inflammation of a small membranous sac (one of the bursæ
muscosæ), usually occurring on the first joint of the great toe.
Anchor buoy, a buoy attached to, or marking the position of, an anchor. Bell buoy, a large buoy
on which a bell is mounted, to be rung by the motion of the waves. Breeches buoy. See under
Breeches. Cable buoy, an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in rocky anchorage. Can
buoy, a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron, usually conical or pear-shaped. Life buoy, a
float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save
them. Nut or Nun buoy, a buoy large in the middle, and tapering nearly to a point at each end.
To stream the buoy, to let the anchor buoy fall by the ship's side into the water, before letting go the
anchor. Whistling buoy, a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown by the action of the waves.
(Buoy) n. [D. boei buoy, fetter, fr. OF. boie, buie, chain, fetter, F. bouée a buoy, from L. boia.
"Boiae genus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae." Festus. So called because chained to its place.]
(Naut.) A float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position
of something beneath the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc.
(Buoy), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buoyed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Buoying.]