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bovine

[boh-vahyn, -vin, -veen] /ˈboʊ vaɪn, -vɪn, -vin/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus.
2.
oxlike; cowlike.
3.
stolid; dull.
noun
4.
a bovine animal.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Late Latin bovīnus of, pertaining to oxen or cows, equivalent to Latin bov- (stem of bōs) ox + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
bovinely, adverb
bovinity
[boh-vin-i-tee] /boʊˈvɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for bovine
  • Red deer also spread bovine tuberculosis to co-habiting livestock.
  • The first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was detected in 1986.
  • As the bovine star awaits the rooster's cry, other animal noises fill the barnyard.
  • Minnie and Moo are best bovine pals living a comfortable life on a placid farm.
  • Electronics has freed bovine mothers from dinnertime chores.
  • When he's sold to a riding school, he languishes, pining for his bovine companions.
  • Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, eats holes in the brains of cattle.
  • The whales themselves appeared to be taking in their surroundings through heavy-lidded, bovine eyes.
  • One tactic was bovine interference.
  • Hence the oddly bland, bovine expressions on travelers' faces.
British Dictionary definitions for bovine

bovine

/ˈbəʊvaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Bovini (cattle), a bovid tribe including domestic cattle
2.
(of people) dull; sluggish; stolid
noun
3.
any animal belonging to the Bovini
Derived Forms
bovinely, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin bovīnus concerning oxen or cows, from Latin bōs ox, cow
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Word Origin and History for bovine
adj.

1817, from French bovin (14c.), from Late Latin bovinus, from Latin bos (genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE *gwous- (see cow (n.)). Figurative sense of "inert and stupid" is from 1855.

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bovine in Science
bovine
  (bō'vīn')   
Characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle.
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