ox

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noun \ˈäks\

Definition of ox

plural

oxen

play \ˈäk-sən\ also

ox

  1. 1 :  a domestic bovine mammal (Bos taurus); broadly :  a bovine mammal a team of oxen

  2. 2 :  an adult castrated male domestic ox

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Origin and Etymology 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


ox-

combining form
variants: or

oxo-

Definition of ox-

  1. :  oxygen oxacillin

Origin and Etymology of ox-

French, from oxygène


OX Defined for English Language Learners

ox

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noun

Definition of ox for English Language Learners

  • : a bull that has had its sex organs removed

  • : a cow or bull


OX Defined for Kids

ox

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noun \ˈäks\

Definition of ox for Students

plural

oxen

\ˈäk-sən\ also

ox

  1. 1 :  a male or female of common domestic cattle or a closely related animal (as a yak)

  2. 2 :  an adult castrated male ox used especially for hauling loads



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