- 1A fully grown female animal of a domesticated breed of ox, used as a source of milk or beef: a dairy cow See cattle.More example sentences
- When rBGH gets injected into dairy cows, milk production increases by as much as 10-15%.
- The dairy needs 130,000 cows to provide enough milk every year.
- This genetically modified hormone was designed to increase milk production in dairy cows.
- 1.1(Loosely) a domestic bovine animal, regardless of sex or age.More example sentences
- A close relative of the domestic cow, Banteng have curvy horns and white ‘stockings’ on their legs.
- In this regard it should be noted that cows slaughtered under the Scheme account for 31% of the total.
- Conventional farmers feed dairy and beef cows grain and corn and sometimes cow by-products to increase the protein in their diet.
- 1.2(In farming) a female domestic bovine animal that has borne more than one calf. Compare with heifer.More example sentences
- Suckler cows with calves will also benefit from early turnout provided the fields are sheltered and dry and you take steps to prevent tetany.
- Heifers also meet with good demand and the trade for suckler cows and calves was ‘exceptional’.
- For suckler cows with calves, the biggest risk now is grass tetany.
- 1.3The female of certain other large animals, for example elephant, rhinoceros, whale, seal, or reindeer.More example sentences
- When we pass a rock where a seal cow has just had a pup, we spot them out swimming, the baby piggy-backing on its mother's back.
- A handler was killed by an elephant cow which was being used on a film set in Broederstroom on Sunday.
- While elephants are indisputably social animals the social lives of males and females - bulls and cows - may be contrasted.
- 1.4 • informal • derogatory A woman, especially a fat or stupid one: what does he see in that cow?More example sentences
- Do you know that stupid cow gave me a 17 out of 20 on my last quiz?
- I'd give anything to be able to spend a week with my parents again, you don't know how lucky you are you stupid cow.
- She's a shameless flirt and might I add, a stupid cow.
have a cow
- North American • informal Become angry, excited, or agitated: don’t have a cow—it’s no big dealMore example sentences
- People would, well, have a cow, and for good reason.
- I'm afraid Mr. Napper is going to come across some of it and have a cow.
- Sometimes I wish I could wring that man's neck for the games he plays while I'm on the other side of the world having a cow!
till the cows come home
- • informal For an indefinitely long time: those two could talk till the cows came homeMore example sentences
- I can micro-multi-task till the cows come home.
- We may disapprove till the cows come home, it won't alter that fact.
- We could auction these 2200 jobs till the cows come home, but it will be totally futile.
Old English cū, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koe and German Kuh, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin bos and Greek bous.
verb[with object] (usually be cowed)
- Cause (someone) to submit to one’s wishes by intimidation: the intellectuals had been cowed into silenceMore example sentences
- But we have reached a frightening turning point if artists are cowed into silence by violence and threats.
- Would we do it if we were not cowed by the threat of a US backlash?
- Garang had a broad impassive face; he cultivated a ponderous dignity that often cowed his opponents.
late 16th century: probably from Old Norse kúga 'oppress'.