American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A castrated bull; a steer.
- n. A young bull.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, a young or small bull, but generally used of an ox or castrated bull; a full-grown steer.
- n. [In derisive allusion to bull.] A papal bull or brief.
- A perversion of bully.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A young bull, or any male of the ox kind.
- n. An ox, steer, or stag.
- v. obsolete To bully.
- n. young bull
- n. castrated bull
- Old English bulluc, corresponding to bull + -ock. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bullok, from Old English bulluc; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then he called a bullock out of a pasture and petted it and talked with it, and said:”
“I'm going down to the little paddock for a lesson in bullock driving from Burton.”
“A second peon with his lasso gallops after the bullock, and throws his lasso round the hind leg above the hough and rides in a contrary direction to the other horseman, consequently the bullock is stretched between the two horses.”
“The bullock is a strange, modest-looking little animal with a hump on its back and crooked horns on its head.”
“A bullock is slaughtered every day for the use of the troops, the officers and high officials being first served; but the animals are small, and the flesh is not like the juicy beef-steaks of English meat.”
“The high priest having done this, perfumed the sanctuary, returned to the door, took the blood of the slain bullock, and, carrying it into the holy of holies, sprinkled it with his finger once upon the mercy seat "eastward" -- that is, on the side next to himself; and seven times "before the mercy seat" -- that is, on the front of the ark.”
“The monk explained to the interviewer his belief that the bullock was a reincarnated soul and expressed the forlorn hope that Shambo might have been a veterinary surgeon in a previous life, in which case I suppose they think he got his just deserts.”
“While the bullock is a constant danger, the show descends into comedy when two dwarf “picadors” enter the ring.”
“The thawing wind, a bullock, which is no ploughing bullock — a furious bullock, a destroyer, which with angry horns breaketh the ice!”
“He went from village to village performing an act, at marriages and other celebrations, in which the bullock was his essential partner and foil, nodding in answer to his questions, one nod for no, twice for yes.”
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