from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An adult castrated bull of the genus Bos, especially B. taurus, used chiefly as a draft animal.
- n. A bovine mammal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any bovine animal used as a beast of burden or for food, especially an adult castrated male of the domestic species.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Same as ox-coin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various wild bovines especially of the genera Bos or closely related Bibos
- n. an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus
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
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.
Well, in Old English, "ox" would be declined using weak declension, rendering the plural case as "oxen".
OrenwithanE says it best: “like liberals, conservatives only care about free speech when their ox is being gored.”
OrenwithanE says it best: “like liberals, conservatives only care about free speech when their ox is beinggored.”
I guess it only matters whose ox is getting gored.
If it's offensive, it is, but not every ox is gored.
The Speech Warriors ™ have their obvious agenda, but setting that aside, they pretty much believe that anything goes -- until, that is, their own ox is gored.
They ought to be a daily read for all; even those whose political ox is gored should keep abreast of what the other side is saying.
It all depends on whose ox is being gored, I guess.