Definition of bovine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊvʌɪn/


1Relating to or affecting cattle: bovine tuberculosis bovine tissue
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  • One possible threat is bovine tuberculosis, a disease probably introduced to South Africa through domestic cattle brought in by European settlers at the end of the 18th century.
  • The pests were introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century and today spread bovine tuberculosis to livestock and wreak havoc on forests, competing with native birds for food.
  • Because of their bovine family ties, cattle and buffalo turn out to be vulnerable to many of the same pathogens, such as foot-and-mouth disease and bovine tuberculosis.
cow-like, cattle-like, calf-like, taurine
1.1(Of a person or their manner) sluggish or stupid: a look of bovine contentment came into her face
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  • In between, he kept saying something to the noble looking bovine companion, who was deeply involved with whatever she was munching, and couldn't care less what her master was trying to convey.
  • In it I expose the almost bovine stupidity of a famous Leftist psychologist who tries to pin authoritarianism onto conservatives.
  • How sad, I'm writing about my stupid bovine great aunt.
stupid, slow, dim-witted, dull-witted, ignorant, unintelligent, imperceptive, half-baked, vacuous, mindless, witless, obtuse, doltish, blockish, lumpish, wooden;
stolid, phlegmatic, placid, somnolent, sluggish, torpid, lifeless, inert, inanimate
informal thick, thickheaded, thick as two short planks, dumb, dense, dim, dopey, slow on the uptake, dead from the neck up, boneheaded, blockheaded, lamebrained, chuckleheaded, dunderheaded, wooden-headed, muttonheaded, pig-ignorant, birdbrained, pea-brained
British informal dozy, divvy, daft, not the full shilling
Scottish & Northern English informal glaikit
North American informal chowderhead, dumb-ass
West Indian informal dotish
rare hebete


An animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bison.
Example sentences
  • The last aurochs, the wild bovines from which domesticated cattle are descended, died in Poland in the seventeenth century, not long before the last dodos were killed on Mauritius.
  • Most numerous are ibex, of which there are twelve carvings, followed by horses, aurochs and other bovines, deer, and mammoths.
  • Max will bring art from all of these projects to this year's show, along with the famous VW Bug painted in a wild spectrum of Max colors, as well as some beautiful bovines from Cow Parade New York 2000.
cow, heifer, bull, bullock, calf, ox;
North American informal boss, bossy
archaic neat



Example sentences
  • Your owner has sent you on a mission to steal as much hay as is bovinely possible from the surrounding farms.
  • To the bovinely challenged: cow patties, or cow pies, are splats of cow manure shaped kind of like Frisbees.
  • On second thought, I would much rather pay the price of inner human turmoil rather than be bovinely tranquil.


Early 19th century: from late Latin bovinus, from Latin bos, bov- 'ox'.

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