Definition of bovine in English:


Syllabification: bo·vine
Pronunciation: /ˈbōvīn, -vēn


  • 1Of, relating 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.
    cowlike, calflike, taurine
  • 1.1(Of a person) slow-moving and dull-witted: amiable bovine faces
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    • The bovine fellow hasn't overestimated, either.
    • Bosporus is named so because of the bovine woman.
    • She had always teased him, calling him reptilian, and he had shot back with varying degrees of irritation that at least he wasn't bovine.


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  • An animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bisons.
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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, bison



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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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