Meaning of wisent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwiːz(ə)nt/


  • The European bison.

    See bison

    ‘However, hunting eradicated most populations, and the current range of the wisent is very restricted.’
    • ‘Following the war it was estimated than only sixty purebred wisents existed in the entire world.’
    • ‘All five wisents stayed for several months in the enclosure before being released into the National Park.’
    • ‘As a result of this breeding program, there are now over two thousand wisents in the world.’
    • ‘Bison bonasus, the European bison or wisent, has been restricted to mainland Europe throughout its history.’


Mid 19th century from German; related to bison.