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

  • n. Archaic A plural of cow1.

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  • n. Plural form of cow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cows.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of cow.
  • n. A weasel.
  • n. In physical, the c. g. s. unit of velocity. Since in the c. g. s. system the units of distance and time are the centimeter and second, respectively, the kine is a velocity of one centimeter per second.

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


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

Middle English kyn, from Old English cȳna, genitive pl. of , cow; see cow1.

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From Middle English kyn, kuin, kiin, kien, variant (double plural) of Middle English ky, kye ("cows"), equivalent to ky, kye +‎ -en. Alternative etymology derives Middle English kyn from Old English cȳna ("cows', of cows"), genitive plural of  ("cow"). More at cow.



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  • I find the definition of 'weasel' curious -- does anyone know how that came about? or have an example of its use?

    November 17, 2011

  • cruggles: "a disease of young kine". --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    June 1, 2011

  • Actually the pronouns mine and thine do, but kine doesn't. The -ine is the Germanic form of the adjective ending more familiar from Latin-derived equine, porcine, etc. Greek also had it*; crystalline is the only English inheritance of this that I can recall.

    Kine on the other hand is a double plural: first by umlaut alone, ku: becoming ky:, then picking up the -n plural.

    * Hm, apparently the -i- was short here, so perhaps not the same ending after all.

    June 1, 2011

  • Are there any others that follow the same pattern as swine?

    June 1, 2011

  • "About him was a four-cornered cloth of purple, and an apple of gold was at each corner, and every one of the apples was of the value of an hundred kine. And there was precious gold of the value of three hundred kine upon his shoes, and upon his stirrups, from his knee to the tip of his toe."

    - Thomas Bulfinch, 'Age of Fable'.

    September 19, 2009

  • The kine are all dead and under 7 cubits

    of snow. The antlery tribes are stuck numb in drifts.

    Your duds freeze stiff as you stand by the elm log blaze.

    Brazen knick-knacks from Brum burst asunder with cold.

    Icicles crackle in uncombed hairies' beavers.

    It's really really rotten to be Rhyphaean.

    Oenophiles give you Grands Cru by weight, not volume,

    cleaving the frozen Lafite with their tomahawks.

    - Peter Reading, Englished (iii. 349-83), from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008

  • "Thus the cows create their own shade and food; and the tree, its hour-glass being inverted, lives a second life, as it were. It is an important question with some nowadays, whether you should trim young apple-trees as high as your nose or as high as your eyes. The ox trims them up as high as he can reach, and that is about the right height, I think. In spite of wandering kine and other adverse circumstance, that despised shrub, valued only by small birds as a covert and shelter from hawks, has its blossom-week at last, and in course of time its harvest, sincere, though small."

    - Henry David Thoreau, 'Wild Apples'.

    December 14, 2007

  • Assuming that Hawaiian version is pronounced "kee nay"?

    August 10, 2007

  • "Da kine" is Hawaiian slang for "the best," "top flight," "creme de la creme" etc.

    August 10, 2007

  • Bizarre. I've never heard that before. Kine? Crazy.

    August 10, 2007

  • This follows the same pattern as swine.

    August 10, 2007

  • The only plural in the Enlgish language which doesn't share a single letter with its sigular form. :) (Plural for cow, by the way, Archaically.)

    August 10, 2007