1

bovine

adjective bo·vine \ ˈbō-ˌvīn , -ˌvēn \

Definition of bovine

1 :of, relating to, or resembling bovines and especially the ox or cow
  • a bovine disease
2 :having qualities (such as placidity or dullness) characteristic of oxen or cows
  • had a stupid, bovine expression on his face

bovinely

adverb

bovinity

play \bō-ˈvi-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of bovine in a Sentence

  1. She stared at us with a stupid, bovine expression.

Recent Examples of bovine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bovine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Did You Know?

Bovine comes from the Latin word for "cow", though the biological family called the Bovidae actually includes not only cows and oxen but also goats, sheep, bison, and buffalo. So bovine is often used technically, when discussing "bovine diseases", "bovine anatomy", and so on. It can also describe a human personality, though it can be a rather unkind way to describe someone. When Hera, the wife of Zeus, is called "cow-eyed", though, it's definitely a compliment, and Zeus fairly melts when she turns those big bovine eyes on him.

Origin and Etymology of bovine

Late Latin bovinus, from Latin bov-, bos ox, cow — more at cow

Other Mammals Terms


2

bovine

noun

Definition of bovine

biology :any of a subfamily (Bovinae) of bovids including oxen, bison, buffalo, and their close relatives

Recent Examples of bovine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bovine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of bovine

Other Mammals Terms


BOVINE Defined for English Language Learners

bovine

adjective

Definition of bovine for English Language Learners

  • : relating to cows

  • : looking or acting like a cow


Medical Dictionary

bovine

noun bo·vine \ ˈbō-ˌvīn , -ˌvēn \

medical Definition of bovine

:an ox (genus Bos) or a closely related animal

bovine

adjective


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bovine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

serious difficulty or misfortune

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!