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noun, plural ox·en for 1, 2, ox·es for 3.
  1. the adult castrated male of the genus Bos, used chiefly as a draft animal.
  2. any member of the bovine family.
  3. Informal. a clumsy, stupid fellow.

Origin of ox

before 900; Middle English oxe, Old English oxa; cognate with Old Frisian oxa, Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, Old Norse uxi, oxi; akin to Welsh ych
Related formsox·like, adjective

ox-

Chemistry.
  1. a combining form meaning “containing oxygen”: oxazine.

Origin of ox-

short for oxygen

Ox.

  1. Oxford.

Origin of Ox.

From the Medieval Latin word Oxonia
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ox

noun plural oxen (ˈɒksən)
  1. an adult castrated male of any domesticated species of cattle, esp Bos taurus, used for draught work and meat
  2. any bovine mammal, esp any of the domestic cattle

Word Origin

Old English oxa; related to Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, Old Norse oxi
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Word Origin and History for ox

n.

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."

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