\ ˈäks How to pronounce ox (audio) \
plural oxen\ ˈäk-​sən How to pronounce oxen (audio) \ also ox

Definition of ox

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a domestic bovine mammal (Bos taurus) broadly : a bovine mammal a team of oxen
2 : an adult castrated male domestic ox
variants: or oxo-

Definition of ox- (Entry 2 of 2)

: oxygen oxacillin

Examples of ox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like other Garmin devices, the Vivosmart 4 also has special features like pulse ox and all-day stress monitoring, VO2 max and Body Battery calculations, and more. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Fitness trackers to consider before buying a smartwatch," 13 Jan. 2020 Cow and the various permutations of cow and ox and bull gets into a whole thing. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Scenes from the Life of Roz Chast," 23 Dec. 2019 He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. Gabe Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "Kanye West creates opera based on a Babylonian king who enslaved Jews," 21 Apr. 2019 Which raises the question: HOW, exactly, did the ox and lamb keep time? Dave Barry, Anchorage Daily News, "Dave Barry gift guide for 2019: No one will want any of these things," 15 Dec. 2019 But Jesus responds with do not all of you on the Sabbath lead an ox or donkey to water? Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: St. Paul’s Episcopal has a new rector," 15 Sep. 2019 The download browser also features the fossilized jaw and skull of an unnamed dolphin species, the skull of a shrub ox unearthed in New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, and a Jurassic Period ammonite. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ten Smithsonian Artifacts You Can 3-D Print," 27 Nov. 2019 The restaurant consists of two big rooms whose Western furnishings create a lodge-like feel: horseshoes and equine art, an ox yoke, a big couch in front of a fireplace, with a cactus standing sentinel nearby. courant.com, "Review: 'Mexican fusion’ falls short at family-friendly Fresca Tequila in Colchester," 5 Oct. 2019 Sebastien Haller was strong as an ox up top, fending off the apparently good Harry Maguire at every opportunity, while Yarmolenko and Anderson looked bright when drifting inside from the flanks. SI.com, "Calm, Composed & Confident - How Manuel Pellegrini Has Changed West Ham's Big Game Mentality," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ox


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

Combining form

French, from oxygène

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The first known use of ox was before the 12th century

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ox.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ox. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce ox- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ox

: a bull that has had its sex organs removed
: a cow or bull


\ ˈäks How to pronounce ox (audio) \
plural oxen\ ˈäk-​sən \ also ox

Kids Definition of ox

1 : a male or female of common domestic cattle or a closely related animal (as a yak)
2 : an adult castrated male ox used especially for hauling loads

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