aurochs

noun
au·​rochs | \ ˈau̇-ˌräks How to pronounce aurochs (audio) , ˈȯr-ˌäks \
plural aurochs

Definition of aurochs

: an extinct large long-horned wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe that is the ancestor of domestic cattle

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Recent Examples on the Web In that case, researchers would expect to find points made from antler as well as bones of aurochs, other deer species and Eurasian elk. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient European Hunters Carved Human Bones Into Weapons," 21 Dec. 2020 The project now has herds of 27 European bison, 25 aurochs, and some 70 wild horses. Karel Janicek, BostonGlobe.com, "Bison, wild horses bring biodiversity to ex-army base," 8 Aug. 2020 The project now has herds of 27 European bisons, 25 aurochs and some 70 wild horses. Karel Janicek, Star Tribune, "Bison, other beasts return life to a former Soviet army base," 8 Aug. 2020 The Czech project includes tauros that were transferred from the Netherlands, where a cross-breeding program aimed at coming close to the original species, the aurochs, started in 2008. Karel Janicek, Star Tribune, "Bison, other beasts return life to a former Soviet army base," 8 Aug. 2020 The Czech project includes tauros that were transferred from the Netherlands, where a cross-breeding program aimed at coming close to the original species, the aurochs, started in 2008. Karel Janicek, BostonGlobe.com, "Bison, wild horses bring biodiversity to ex-army base," 8 Aug. 2020 Old English longhorn cattle provide ecological services once offered by long-dead aurochs. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020 Researchers have uncovered thousands of bone fragments at the site, including remains from horses, extinct wild oxen known as aurochs, and donkey relatives called onagers. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Oldest carving in East Asia found. But its maker is a mystery.," 24 July 2019 For millennia the aurochs had turned grass into meat for us hunters. Bob Gathany, AL.com, "Up in the air at the Huntsville Community Kite Festival," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of aurochs

1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aurochs

German, from Old High German ūrohso, from ūro aurochs + ohso ox; akin to Old English ūr aurochs — more at ox

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11 Jan 2021

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“Aurochs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aurochs. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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