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ox

[oks] /ɒks/
noun, plural oxen for 1, 2, oxes 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
900
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 forms
oxlike, adjective

ox-

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

Ox.

1.
Origin
From the Medieval Latin word Oxonia
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  • Then, he smote his thigh with a blow strong enough to kill an ox.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Then he dealt him a straight blow in the face that felled him like an ox.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • Peace, my darling, here's no danger; There's no ox a-near thy bed.

    Grandma's Memories Mary D. Brine
  • And of a sudden he struck a blow at the youth that might have felled an ox.

  • The bovine humanity fitted to the machinery as the ox to the treadmill.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for ox

ox

/ɒks/
noun (pl) 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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ox in Medicine

ox- 1
pref.
Variant of oxo-.

ox- 2
pref.
Variant of oxy-.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ox

ox

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dumb ox

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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