Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of aurochs.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • An auroch is the biggest, strongest prey in the Forest.

    Excerpt: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver

  • From the north the Paeonians and Agrianians staged devastating raids from the highlands they shared with mountain lions, bears, and wild auroch cattle.

    Alexander the Great

  • The one on the left shoulder is a bison/auroch sorta design in black outline, cave-painting/tribal style.

    Email Sorted

  • The scientists involved in the project concede that keeping an auroch would be difficult and potentially dangerous.

    2010: All the Future is Cracked Up to Be? - Pink Raygun.com

  • Italian scientists are attempting to resurrect the auroch, a giant bovine that has been extinct for over 400 hundred years.

    2010: All the Future is Cracked Up to Be? - Pink Raygun.com

  •  For example, the dozens of varieties of cattle raised today are all derived from the now-extinct auroch, which was used both for food and as a beast of burden from ancient times until the 17th century.

    Turning gene science into a fishy business

  • Mr Gow said: The auroch was extinct, but domestic descendents – Friesians, Simmentals and everything else – were still kicking around the countryside.

    Nazi Supercows | Impact Lab

  • Farmer and conservationist Derek Gow, who has imported the half-tonne animals, explained that the Nazis wanted to recreate the auroch to evoke the power of the “runes, folklores and legends of the Germanic peoples”, and it was used as a propaganda motif.

    Nazi Supercows | Impact Lab

  • “Their noses are as useless as wings on an auroch,” Werrna sneered.

    Promise of the Wolves

  • “You are as clumsy as a lame auroch,” he grumbled.

    Promise of the Wolves

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  • Sadly, in his notes to Lolita (The Annotated Lolita), the otherwise seemingly erudite Alfred Appel Jr. believes that "auroch" is the singular of "aurochs", a word Nabokov uses in the all-important penultimate sentence of the novel.

    February 5, 2012

  • The standard spelling is aurochs, which is both the singular and plural forms of this word: one aurochs, two aurochs, many aurochs.

    October 22, 2009

  • What? The faking of taking umbrage? I take....

    Oh, never mind.

    October 22, 2009

  • Herneshir might be faking umbrage in his spare time.

    October 21, 2009

  • Ah, in the taxonomical sense—of course that's not PHONY umbrage... unless you're far better balanced a person than I... which is entirely possible... :)

    I like the concept that phony umbrage is Pythonesque.

    October 21, 2009

  • I like phony umbrage as a concept and exercise a delight to work it into conversation from time to time. Phony umbrage taking is one of those "Pythonesque" aspects of Wordie that makes this forum so enjoyable, and endears certain contributors' posts and their phony umbrage to me.

    October 21, 2009

  • Specie is also the surname of an attorney who represents creditors and serves as trustee in bankruptcy cases in my area. Said attorney gets to collect specie from the plaintiffs on behalf of the creditors. Yes c_b, I knew of the word specie - I cringe when the word is misused in a taxonomical sense.

    October 21, 2009

  • But hernesheir, specie is a word. It is not the singular of animal species (since there isn't one), but it's still a word. (Or did you mean that's why your umbrage is phony...?)

    Mollusque, you're my search hero. I'm gonna make an open list for these. Right 'chere. Enjoy!

    October 21, 2009

  • Not sure, but I think "the internets" is a nod to Manolo's Shoe Blog - Manolo Loves the Shoes!.

    October 20, 2009

  • there is more than one internet?

    October 20, 2009

  • Gore me with an aurochs for being so critical, but I experience a rush of phony umbrage every time a commenter says "specie" on the air or on the internets.

    October 20, 2009

  • Apparently not, c_b. Series, corps, and species aren't colisted anywhere on Wordie.

    October 20, 2009

  • That occurred to me after posting. Plural-looking singular nouns seems like a good idea for a list. Does anyone have one already?

    October 20, 2009

  • HH is right: the singular form is aurochs, and according to my dictionary (useful things, dictionaries), the plural is the same, like deer. One aurochs, two aurochs, many aurochs. I would label this form a misspelling (and in fact I have done so).

    October 20, 2009

  • Perhaps the -ochs is the singular, not the plural. Its an aurochs, not an "auroch", I'll wager. Maybe the plural should be "aurochsen", as in "oxen". Which might make auroch a back-formation of some sort.

    October 20, 2009

  • Why does aurochs get a WeirdNet definition and auroch doesn't?

    October 19, 2009