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bovine: oxen, cows, buffaloes
1. Of or pertaining to oxen.; resembling a ruminant mammal of the genus Bos; such as, an ox, cow, or buffalo.
2. A reference to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus.
3. Applied figuratively to people or their behavior to mean "dull, stolid, stupid, oxlike; cowlike", and "listless".
This entry is located in the following units: bovo-, bov-, bos- (page 1) -ine (page 3)
ox (s), oxen (pl)
1. An adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus.
2. Used chiefly as a draft animal (an animal or team of animals used to pull loads).
3. A male or female bovine animal, especially one belonging to a domestic breed.
4. An insulting term for omeone who is regarded as unintelligent and clumsy; especially, someone who is physically large.
5. Etymology: from Indo-European, Germanic, Old English, Middle English, and into Modern English.

The castrated male is called a steer until it attains its full growth, and then, an ox; but if castrated somewhat late in life, it is called a stag. The male, not castrated, is called a bull.

These distinctions are well established in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox is often applied both to the male and the female.

The name ox is never applied to the individual cow, or female, of the domestic kind. Oxen may include both the male and the female of the species.

This entry is located in the following units: bovo-, bov-, bos- (page 2) ox- + (page 1)
(Greek: turning like oxen in plowing; alternate lines in opposite directions; zig-zag procedure)
(Greek: yoke, forming pairs; joined, union; or indicating a relationship to a junction; meaning a yoke or crossbar by which two draft animals; such as, oxen could be hitched to a plow or wagon)
Word Entries containing the term: “oxen
Ovibovine: musk oxen
1. A reference to musk oxen.
2. Having characteristics intermediate between those of sheep and oxen; such as, a musk ox.
This entry is located in the following units: bovo-, bov-, bos- (page 2) -ine (page 13) ovi (page 1)