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


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