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ox

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noun, \ˈäks\

Simple Definition of ox

  • : a bull that has had its sex organs removed

  • : a cow or bull

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ox

plural oxen play \ˈäk-sən\ also ox

  1. 1 :  a domestic bovine mammal (Bos taurus); broadly :  a bovine mammal

  2. 2 :  an adult castrated male domestic ox

Origin of ox

Middle English, from Old English oxa; akin to Old High German ohso ox, Sanskrit ukṣā bull, and perhaps to Sanskrit ukṣati he moistens, Greek hygros wet — more at humor


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

Rhymes with ox


ox-

combining form

Definition of ox-

  1. :  oxygen <oxacillin>



Variants of ox-

or oxo-

Origin of ox-

French, from oxygène


OX Defined for Kids

ox

play
noun \ˈäks\

Definition of ox for Students

plural oxen \ˈäk-sən\ also ox

  1. 1 :  a male or female of common domestic cattle or a closely related animal (as a yak)

  2. 2 :  an adult castrated male ox used especially for hauling loads




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