Definitions

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

  • noun An adult castrated bull of the genus Bos, especially B. taurus, used chiefly as a draft animal.
  • noun A bovine mammal, especially one that has been domesticated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as ox-coin.
  • noun The adult male of the domestic Bos taurus, known in the natural state as a bull, whose female is a cow, and whose young is a calf; in a wider sense, an animal of the family Bovidæ and subfamily Bovinæ or Ovibovinæ; a bovine.
  • noun In a restricted sense, the castrated male of Bos taurus, at least 4 years old and full-grown or nearly so. (See steer.) Such animals are most used as draft-animals and for beef.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) The male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal when castrated and grown to its full size, or nearly so. The word is also applied, as a general name, to any species of bovine animals, male and female.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the yak.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the zebu.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the banteng.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See under Musk.
  • noun See Ox gall, below.
  • noun the fresh gall of the domestic ox; -- used in the arts and in medicine.
  • noun [Obs.] ox marrow.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a very large ray (Dicerobatis Giornæ) of Southern Europe. It has a hornlike organ projecting forward from each pectoral fin. It sometimes becomes twenty feet long and twenty-eight feet broad, and weighs over a ton. Called also sea devil.
  • noun to be unfortunate; to know what sorrow is (because black oxen were sacrificed to Pluto).

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

  • noun Any bovine animal used as a beast of burden or for food, especially an adult castrated male of the domestic species.

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

  • noun any of various wild bovines especially of the genera Bos or closely related Bibos
  • noun an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English oxa; see uks-en- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old English oxa, from Proto-Germanic *uhsô (compare West Frisian okse, Dutch os, German Ochse), from Proto-Indo-European *uksḗn (compare Welsh ych 'ox', Tocharian A/B ops/okso 'draft-ox', Avestan uxšan 'bull', Sanskrit ukṣán).

Examples

  • It may be here remarked, that the term ox is used as a general or common appellation for neat cattle, in a specific sense, and irrespective of sex; as the British ox, the

    The Book of Household Management

  • It may be here remarked, that the term ox is used as a general or common appellation for neat cattle, in a specific sense, and irrespective of sex; as the British ox, the

    The Book of Household Management

  • I'm sure that they have in mind that the ox, what you call the ox of the White House, the tough people against France, they are probably having them in mind.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2003

  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

    OSNews

  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

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  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

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  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

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  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

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  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

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  • Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".

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