But it would not do to let the carnivorous brutes destroy their oxen,—that would not do.
We'd have oxen roasted whole, an' honey—an'—but that's as fur as I can git.
The young man's voice might have been heard a mile as he swung his whip and called out to the oxen on starting.
We were told he should come this day in a wagon drawn by oxen, and here he is!
And she was glad to see a yoke of oxen lumbering along, a great covered wagon behind them.
Like Confucius, he received the great sacrifice of oxen, sheep and pigs.
His library consisted of cookery books; and all the tongues he knew, were tongues of swine and oxen.
There was no help for it, so I hired six oxen and a few Ossetes.
If you will lend me money enough to buy a pair of oxen I will begin to team a cargo of nitrate down myself.
I ordered the Ossetes to put my portmanteau into the cart, and to replace the oxen by horses.
plural of ox, it is the only true continuous survival in Modern English of the Old English weak plural. OED reports oxes occurs 14c.-16c., "but has not survived."
Old English oxa "ox" (plural oxan), from Proto-Germanic *ukhson (cf. Old Norse oxi, Old Frisian oxa, Middle Dutch osse, Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, German Ochse, Gothic auhsa), from PIE *uks-en- "male animal," (cf. Welsh ych "ox," Middle Irish oss "stag," Sanskrit uksa, Avestan uxshan- "ox, bull"), said to be from root *uks- "to sprinkle," related to *ugw- "wet, moist." The animal word, then, is literally "besprinkler."
Heb. bakar, "cattle;" "neat cattle", (Gen. 12:16; 34:28; Job 1:3, 14; 42:12, etc.); not to be muzzled when treading the corn (Deut. 25:4). Referred to by our Lord in his reproof to the Pharisees (Luke 13:15; 14:5).