ox

noun
\ 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 One hot Burmese day, U Than Win pushed a finished ox cart out of his yard near the Irrawaddy. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A master ox cart maker keeps his ancient craft rolling in a motorized world," 2 Oct. 2020 In the chrysanthemum genus, for example, there’s the ox-eye daisy (C. leucanthemum), its white petals encircling a clear yellow disc. Washington Post, "Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden," 7 July 2020 The coronavirus pandemic is an ox-goring moment, according to Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Tax increases and entitlement reform required to address skyrocketing debt," 11 June 2020 There, ox-eye daisies flourish from portentous box tombs, and the stone is softened by gold lichen; once-grieving cherubs wink from garlands of ivy, and extravagant calligraphy is worn to flourishes and flowers. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 2020 Dishes like fatty ox tartare topped with white truffle shavings and wisps of blue cheese, slow-roasted suckling pig dotted with creme fraiche, and aromatic black rice infused with squid brought the bold flavors of Spain into sharp focus. Amy Tara Koch, chicagotribune.com, "Wineries north of Madrid start to come into their own as the ‘Sonoma of Spain’," 6 Dec. 2019 Dishes like fatty ox tartare topped with white truffle shavings and wisps of blue cheese, slow-roasted suckling pig dotted with creme fraiche, and aromatic black rice infused with squid brought the bold flavors of Spain into sharp focus. Washington Post, "A sip-to-sip tour of the ‘Sonoma of Spain’," 29 Nov. 2019 Bridge to love In Chinese myth, Cattleman was a handsome young mortal who once healed a dying ox. Wei Li, The Conversation, "How China does Valentine’s Day," 11 Feb. 2020 Five hundred cows and a few oxen graze in tight formation in a penned off part of Danie Slabbert's veld. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Put down that veggie burger. These farmers say their cows can solve the climate crisis," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ox

Noun

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

History and Etymology for ox

Noun

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 entry 1

Combining form

French, from oxygène

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

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9 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ox. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for ox

ox

noun
How to pronounce ox- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ox

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

ox

noun
\ 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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