noun \ˈäks\

: a bull that has had its sex organs removed

: a cow or bull

plural ox·en \ˈäk-sən\ also ox

Full Definition of OX

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

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

Rhymes with OX


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Domesticated form of large bovid (species Bos taurus) that once moved in herds across North America and Europe (where they have disappeared) and Asia and Africa (where some still exist in the wild). The docile castrated male is used as a draft animal in many countries. Oxen are used for food in some areas. The term is also applied to a castrated male of any cattle breed. See also aurochs, yak.


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