from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a ruminant mammal of the genus Bos, such as an ox, cow, or buffalo.
  • adj. Sluggish, dull, and stolid.
  • n. An animal of the genus Bos.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to cattle.
  • adj. Belonging to the tribe Bovini, including cows, buffalo, and bison.
  • adj. Sluggish, dull, slow-witted.
  • n. An animal of the family Bovidae, including cattle, buffaloes and bison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the genus Bos; relating to, or resembling, the ox or cow; oxlike.
  • adj. Having qualities characteristic of oxen or cows; sluggish and patient; dull.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or belonging to oxen, or specifically to the Bovinæ; boviform.
  • Ox-like; stolid; inert; dull.
  • n. One of the Bovinæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox
  • n. any of various members of the genus Bos
  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the genus Bos (cattle)


Late Latin bovīnus, from Latin bōs, bov-, cow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bovīnus, from bōs ("ox"). Cognate to beef. (Wiktionary)


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