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[boh-vahyn, -vin, -veen] /ˈboʊ vaɪn, -vɪn, -vin/
of or relating to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus.
oxlike; cowlike.
stolid; dull.
a bovine animal.
Origin of bovine
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
[boh-vin-i-tee] /boʊˈvɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bovine
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  • Two hobbledehoys were standing by the forge staring in a bovine way at the proceedings.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
  • How different from anything of the bovine tribe I have yet observed!

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The surveyor would stop with a sort of bovine surprise, and break out in irritable parenthesis.

    The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • But the Doctor had not calculated upon hunger and bovine obstinacy.

    The Silver Canyon George Manville Fenn
  • The normal temperature of the bovine is 101 to 102 F., which is higher than that of the horse.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • As if in answer, the bovine proprietor, encouraged by the laughter, crept in again.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for bovine


of, relating to, or belonging to the Bovini (cattle), a bovid tribe including domestic cattle
(of people) dull; sluggish; stolid
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bovine

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bovine in Science
Characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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