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cattle

Syllabification: cat·tle
Pronunciation: /ˈkadl
 
/

Definition of cattle in English:

plural noun

1Large ruminant animals with horns and cloven hoofs, domesticated for meat or milk, or as beasts of burden; cows.
Example sentences
  • Milk yield of milch cattle has been severely affected because of scarcity of fodder.
  • Death is not usual but animals cease gaining weight and milk production in dairy cattle falls.
  • They also kept sheep, goats and cattle to add milk, butter, cheese and meat to their diet.
Synonyms
cows, oxen, bulls;
stock, livestock
2Similar animals of a group related to domestic cattle, including yak, bison, and buffalo.
  • Tribe Bovini, family Bovidae (the cattle family): four genera, in particular Bos. The cattle family also includes the sheep, goats, goat-antelopes, and antelopes
Example sentences
  • Cereal collecting soon gave way to cereal cultivation and the domestication of sheep and cattle.

Origin

Middle English (also denoting personal property or wealth): from Anglo-Norman French catel, variant of Old French chatel (see chattel).

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