from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of hollow-horned ruminants, having simple horns in both sexes, typical of the family Bovidæ and subfamily Bovinæ, containing the oxen, or cattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of ruminant quadrupeds, including the wild and domestic cattle, distinguished by a stout body, hollow horns, and a large fold of skin hanging from the neck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini


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