noun \ˈa-ˌräks, ˈr-ˌäks\
plural aurochs

Definition of AUROCHS

:  an extinct large long-horned wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe that is the ancestor of domestic cattle

Origin of AUROCHS

German, from Old High German ūrohso, from ūro aurochs + ohso ox; akin to Old English ūr aurochs — more at ox
First Known Use: 1766


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Extinct wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe, the species from which cattle are probably descended. The aurochs survived in central Poland until 1627. It was black, stood 6 ft (1.8 m) high at the shoulder, and had spreading, forward-curving horns. Some German breeders claim to have re-created this race since 1945, but their animals are smaller and probably lack the aurochs's genetic constitution. The name has sometimes been wrongly applied to the European bison.

Variants of AUROCHS

aurochs or auroch


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