- 1Relating to or affecting cattle: bovine tuberculosis bovine tissueMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person or their manner) sluggish or stupid: a look of bovine contentment came into her faceMore example sentences
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-brainedScottish & Northern English • informal glaikitWest Indian • informal dotish• rare hebete
- 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.
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- An animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bison.More 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.
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- 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'.