But it would not do to let the carnivorous brutes destroy their oxen,—that would not do.
They were harnessed to plows when there were no oxen at hand.
The young man's voice might have been heard a mile as he swung his whip and called out to the oxen on starting.
It contained the farmer's horses and oxen, his wagons, his hay, and other produce.
And she was glad to see a yoke of oxen lumbering along, a great covered wagon behind them.
I shall outspan here, so that my oxen may rest in the shade of the gorge.
His library consisted of cookery books; and all the tongues he knew, were tongues of swine and oxen.
We got the oxen tethered behind the waggon, and so we awaited developments.
If you will lend me money enough to buy a pair of oxen I will begin to team a cargo of nitrate down myself.
Then the inspanning, the yoking up of the oxen again, and the start once more.
plural of ox, it is the only true continuous survival in Modern English of the Old English weak plural. OED reports oxes occurs 14c.-16c., "but has not survived."
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."