noun (plural oxen /ˈɒks(ə)n/)
- 1A domesticated bovine animal kept for milk or meat; a cow or bull: he was tall and broad and as strong as an ox See cattle.More example sentences
- The beef cows and oxen were kept in the pasture further from the cottage.
- He separated the calf from the other oxen and kept it among the milk cows.
- The soft, nutritious substance found in the internal cavities of animal bones, especially the shin bones of oxen and calves.
- 1.1A castrated bull used as a draught animal: [as modifier]: an ox cartMore example sentences
- The average farm had poultry, pigs, and livestock, used oxen as draught animals, and would, in the eighteenth century, acquire horses.
- There was a crude, wooden cart pulled by two oxen, whose nodding heads kept rhythm with the gay fringes on their horns.
- Carts pulled by malnourished oxen and bicycles were the main modes of transportation.
- 1.2Used in names of wild animals related to or resembling a domesticated ox, e.g. musk ox.More example sentences
- The ones of more recent date were from wild oxen that had lived as neighbors of domestic herds then kept in Britain.
- The forests supported tigers, elephants, wild boar, oxen, and deer, as well as wildfowl.
- Of all the unsolved mysteries of the Arctic, the fall and rise of musk-oxen on Banks Island is one of the most beguiling.
Old English oxa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch os and German Ochse, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit ukṣán 'bull'.