Definition of cattle in English:


Line breaks: cat¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈkat(ə)l


  • 1Large ruminant animals with horns and cloven hoofs, domesticated for meat or milk, or as beasts of burden; cows and oxen.
    • Bos taurus (including the zebu, B. indicus), family Bovidae; descended from the extinct aurochs
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    • 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.
    cows, bovines, oxen, bulls; stock, livestock
    archaic neat, kine
  • 2Animals of a group related to domestic cattle, including yak, bison, and buffaloes.
    • Tribe Bovini, family Bovidae (the cattle family): four genera, in particular Bos. The cattle family also includes the sheep, goats, goat-antelopes, and antelopes
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    • Cereal collecting soon gave way to cereal cultivation and the domestication of sheep and cattle.



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  • In the facades of run-down buildings and the cattle-like movement of market-goers, Godard illumines the sense of defeat and disillusionment here.
  • Ben, framed against the bare white wall behind him, stares straight ahead and is otherwise motionless as he is carried, cattle-like, along by the conveyor belt.
  • Although usually implemented when new call centre staff are herded cattle-like into an organisation, such group activities are used in many other group focus interviews as well.


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

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