noun \ˈka\

Definition of COW

a :  the mature female of cattle (genus Bos)
b :  the mature female of various usually large animals (as an elephant, whale, or moose)
:  a domestic bovine animal regardless of sex or age
cowy \-ē\ adjective

Examples of COW

  1. The cows need to be milked twice a day.

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Origin of COW

Middle English cou, from Old English cū; akin to Old High German kuo cow, Latin bos head of cattle, Greek bous, Sanskrit go
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with COW



: to make (someone) too afraid to do something

Full Definition of COW

transitive verb
:  to destroy the resolve or courage of; also :  to bring to a state or an action by intimidation —used with into <like too many Asian armies, adept at cowing a population into feeding them — Edward Lansdale>
cowed·ly \ˈka(-ə)d-lē\ adverb

Examples of COW

  1. I refuse to be cowed by their threats.
  2. <a sharp glare cowed the child into being quiet>

Origin of COW

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan kue to subdue
First Known Use: 1581


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In animal husbandry, the mature female of domesticated cattle. The name is also applied to the mature female of various, usually large, animals (e.g., elephant, whale, or moose), or, more broadly, to any domestic bovine animal (see bovid) regardless of gender or age.


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