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[boo l-uh k] /ˈbʊl ək/
a castrated bull; steer.
a young bull.
Origin of bullock
before 1000; Middle English bullok, Old English bulluc. See bull1, -ock Unabridged
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  • A bullock that is dead is dead, but a herdsman watches that the other bullocks do not also die from the same thing.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • He said, "I am his brother; he has bullock cars, hasn't he?"

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • From the sale of a bullock to the skin of a calf, everything was put down on paper.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • When all was ready, I obtained the bullock bell from the kitchen.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • The whole ingenuity of mankind would seem devoted to ascertaining how much a bullock can eat, and how little will feed a laborer.

British Dictionary definitions for bullock


a gelded bull; steer
(archaic) a bull calf
(intransitive) (Austral & NZ, informal) to work hard and long
Word Origin
Old English bulluc; see bull1, -ock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bullock

Old English bulluc "young bull," from Proto-Germanic *bulluka-, from the stem of bull (n.1). Now always a castrated bull reared for beef.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bullock in the Bible

(1.) The translation of a word which is a generic name for horned cattle (Isa. 65:25). It is also rendered "cow" (Ezek. 4:15), "ox" (Gen. 12:16). (2.) The translation of a word always meaning an animal of the ox kind, without distinction of age or sex (Hos. 12:11). It is rendered "cow" (Num. 18:17) and "ox" (Lev. 17:3). (3.) Another word is rendered in the same way (Jer. 31:18). It is also translated "calf" (Lev. 9:3; Micah 6:6). It is the same word used of the "molten calf" (Ex. 32:4, 8) and "the golden calf" (1 Kings 12:28). (4.) In Judg. 6:25; Isa. 34:7, the Hebrew word is different. It is the customary word for bulls offered in sacrifice. In Hos. 14:2, the Authorized Version has "calves," the Revised Version "bullocks."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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