Definition of ox in English:

ox

noun

  • 1A domesticated bovine animal kept for milk or meat; a cow or bull.

    See cattle
    • ‘Under his patient handling, the donkeys and oxen became more tractable - the cows and ewes gave more milk than they had in years.’
    • ‘Instead it is likely a feral form of a domestic animal, the scientists say, probably a hybrid of the mainland banteng and the zebu, strains of both of which are common among domestic oxen in Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘The soft, nutritious substance found in the internal cavities of animal bones, especially the shin bones of oxen and calves.’
    • ‘But in reality, Husk was going to further alter the cows into the guise of missing oxen, receiving bounties without the hard labor.’
    • ‘It is really heartbreaking to see flocks of buffaloes and oxen being taken to slaughterhouses tied together with ropes around their noses.’
    • ‘They threaten high mortality for oxen, cows and horses.’
    • ‘In tune with the tradition of worshipping nature, the Kanuma festival is dedicated entirely to cows and oxen.’
    • ‘They raise their crop and feed their oxen in Chu-chun village,’
    • ‘He decorated his Christmas cards with totemic animals copied from Aboriginal rock galleries, not sheep and oxen kneeling in prayer around a manger.’
    • ‘If you look closely, the oxen seem to be Texas longhorn steers, a breed that Mongols might have appreciated, but never saw.’
    • ‘He separated the calf from the other oxen and kept it among the milk cows.’
    • ‘The country work consists of harvesting and plowing, raising cattle, chickens, horses, and oxen.’
    • ‘Although there were originally 22 oxen, 3 animals died during the year, so the sample size varies slightly between experiments.’
    • ‘Then he instructed young men to slaughter oxen, and perhaps other animals, to offer burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.’
    • ‘The shoulder blades of oxen or cattle were used as shovels to clear away the stones.’
    • ‘How about paying some deadbeat dads to slaughter a herd of oxen and throw those fabulous thighbones on the barbie?’
    • ‘Even though most such oxen are used for plowing, which is forbidden in the Sabbatical year, it is not unusual for someone to buy an ox for its meat.’
    • ‘The beef cows and oxen were kept in the pasture further from the cottage.’
    • ‘The horn I will refer to is primarily that which grows on the heads of cattle or oxen.’
    • ‘Later, the king sent a herd of oxen to trample his enemy, but the cattle took care not to hurt Zoroaster.’
    bull, bullock, steer, beef
    beast of burden, draught animal
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    1. 1.1 A castrated male of this, formerly much used as a draft animal.
      [as modifier] ‘an ox cart’
      • ‘There was a crude, wooden cart pulled by two oxen, whose nodding heads kept rhythm with the gay fringes on their horns.’
      • ‘The waggon stood ready, and Osred scratched the ears of one of the yoked oxen as he waited.’
      • ‘Most farmers have two oxen or buffalo for wet rice cultivation, a hoe, and a cart.’
      • ‘The wagon train had decided to halt for another day, quite a few wagons had broken oxen yokes or wheels in the crossing, and it made more sense to make good, strong repairs, then quick, easily re-broken ones.’
      • ‘The story goes that before the advent of trains, the Lambanis travelled with their oxen and cattle from village to village carrying salt.’
      • ‘For example, arable agriculture on the demesne centred on the use of oxen ploughteams and their complement of manpower.’
      • ‘It carried passengers in new stagecoaches and freight from the mines using twelve-mule teams and prairie schooners pulled by sixteen oxen plus six spare animals.’
      • ‘How else could fifty serfs use a handful of oxen to plow their fields?’
      • ‘Tools like the oxen plow, railroads, electricity, automobiles, planes, cell phones, and the web, have all in one way or another been used for good and evil purposes.’
      • ‘The lack of power for fieldwork hampered nineteenth-century agriculture, although the replacement of oxen with horses improved the situation for most farmers.’
      • ‘Tractors and even oxen teams are rare in the high Andes.’
      • ‘The average farm had poultry, pigs, and livestock, used oxen as draught animals, and would, in the eighteenth century, acquire horses.’
      • ‘Beside the sugar, oxen tug and buck ploughs over stony earth, men ride high-stepping horses with long stirrups and straw cowboy hats pulled down over their eyes, looking like extras from Hollywood.’
      • ‘It was an old-fashioned farm that used oxen to plough the fields.’
      • ‘Soils that were tilled by oxen for centuries have responded with increased yields from tractor-powered plowing.’
      • ‘For example, ploughs, which required the use of oxen, brought men more centrally into agriculture, and on mission stations men were encouraged to work the fields.’
      • ‘Carts pulled by malnourished oxen and bicycles were the main modes of transportation.’
      • ‘There were sheep and goat herders carrying long guide sticks, men plowing with oxen or leading camels to market.’
      • ‘Quite often, the yoked oxen are nowhere in sight, and there is only a tractor drawing a mechanised plough across the irrigated land.’
      • ‘Households commonly raise cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys and chickens, geese and ducks, while oxen and horses are work animals.’
    2. 1.2 An animal of a group related to the domestic ox.
      See cattle
      • ‘The ones of more recent date were from wild oxen that had lived as neighbors of domestic herds then kept in Britain.’
      • ‘Apparently, Irish cows are not Irish either, but relations of the first domesticated wild oxen to be brought to this part of the world from the east by the first farmers.’
      • ‘From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.’
      • ‘A land that is home to walruses, seals, foxes, wolves, oxen, polar bears, and where six million birds fly in for summer, can hardly be called forbidden.’
      • ‘The forests supported tigers, elephants, wild boar, oxen, and deer, as well as wildfowl.’
      • ‘As far as I know, the Nazis never got to thinking about restoring migratory eagles, warblers, cross-border wolves, or wild oxen.’
      • ‘The Chillingham herd is believed to be related to prehistoric auroch oxen, which once grazed across northern Europe.’
      • ‘Of all the unsolved mysteries of the Arctic, the fall and rise of musk-oxen on Banks Island is one of the most beguiling.’
      • ‘It says they aren't oxen at all, and aren't really even related to bison, but more closely to goats and sheep.’
      • ‘Defenders of Wildlife warns that drilling will likely disturb the historic birthing grounds of oxen and caribou, resulting in lower birthrates.’

Origin

Old English oxa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch os and German Ochse, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit ukṣán bull.

Pronunciation:

ox

/äks/