Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Any of various domesticated ruminant mammals of the genus Bos, including cows, steers, bulls, and oxen, often raised for meat and dairy products.
  • noun plural Any of various similar wild or domesticated bovine mammals, such as the anoa or the gaur.
  • noun plural Humans, especially when viewed contemptuously or as a mob.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Property; goods; chattels; stock: in this sense now only in the form chattel (which see).
  • Live stock; domestic quadrupeds which serve for tillage or other labor, or as food for man.
  • Human beings: in contempt or ridicule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural Quadrupeds of the Bovine family; sometimes, also, including all domestic quadrupeds, as sheep, goats, horses, mules, asses, and swine.
  • noun plural See under Belted, Black.
  • noun plural a trench under a railroad track and alongside a crossing (as of a public highway). It is intended to prevent cattle from getting upon the track.
  • noun plural (Zoöl.) any species of louse infecting cattle. There are several species. The Hæmatatopinus eurysternus and Hæmatatopinus vituli are common species which suck blood; Trichodectes scalaris eats the hair.
  • noun plural the rinderpest; called also Russian cattle plague.
  • noun plural [U. S.] an open space through which cattle may run or range.
  • noun plural an exhibition of domestic animals with prizes for the encouragement of stock breeding; -- usually accompanied with the exhibition of other agricultural and domestic products and of implements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Domesticated bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc).
  • noun Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses.
  • noun pejorative, figuratively People who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny.
  • noun obsolete, English law, sometimes countable chattel
  • noun uncountable, rare Used in restricted contexts to refer to the meat derived from cattle.

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

  • noun domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age

Etymologies

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

[Middle English catel, property, livestock, from Old North French, from Old Provençal capdal, from Medieval Latin capitāle, holdings, funds, from neuter of Latin capitālis, principal, original, from caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English catel, from Anglo-Norman catel ("personal property"), from Old Northern French (compare French cheptel, Old French chetel, chatel, also English chattel) from Medieval Latin capitale, from Latin capitalis ("of the head"), from caput 'head' + -alis '-al'.

Examples

  • "_And there was a strife between the_ HERDMEN _of Abraham's cattle and the_ HERDMEN _of Lot's cattle_".

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • "_And there was a strife between the_ HERDMEN _of Abraham's cattle and the_ HERDMEN _of Lot's cattle_".

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  • COLLINS: A highway hazard that gives new meaning to the term cattle drive.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2006

  • A hazard that gives new meaning to the term cattle drive.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2006

  • LEMON: Hey, look at this, highway hazard, gives new meaning to the term cattle drive, doesn't it?

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2006

  • As you know, tuberculosis in cattle is one of the most damaging infectious diseases to affect agriculture.

    Emil von Behring - Nobel Lecture

  • It brings a whole new meaning to the term cattle class, a plane seat that is shaped like a saddle and could allow airlines to squeeze in even more passengers.

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  • It brings a whole new meaning to the term cattle class, a plane seat that is shaped like a saddle and could allow airlines to squeeze in even more passengers.

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  • It brings a whole new meaning to the term cattle class, a plane seat that is shaped like a saddle and could allow airlines to squeeze in even more passengers.

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  • It brings a whole new meaning to the term cattle class, a plane seat that is shaped like a saddle and could allow airlines to squeeze in even more passengers.

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