Simple Definition of bovine
: relating to cows
: looking or acting like a cow
Examples of bovine in a sentence
She stared at us with a stupid, bovine expression.
Did You Know?
Bovine comes from the Latin word for "cow", though the biological family called the Bovidae actually includes not only cows and oxen but also goats, sheep, bison, and buffalo. So bovine is often used technically, when discussing "bovine diseases", "bovine anatomy", and so on. It can also describe a human personality, though it can be a rather unkind way to describe someone. When Hera, the wife of Zeus, is called "cow-eyed", though, it's definitely a compliment, and Zeus fairly melts when she turns those big bovine eyes on him.
Origin and Etymology of bovine
Late Latin bovinus, from Latin bov-, bos ox, cow — more at cow
First Known Use: 1776
Definition of bovine
: any of a subfamily (Bovinae) of bovids including oxen, bison, buffalo, and their close relatives
First Known Use of bovine
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