Definition of bovine in English:


Line breaks: bo¦vine
Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊvʌɪn



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  • An animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bison.
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    • 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; beef
    North American informal boss, bossy
    archaic neat



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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'.

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