aurochs

[ awr-oks ]
/ ˈɔr ɒks /

noun, plural au·rochs.

a large, black European wild ox, Bos primigenius: extinct since 1627.
(not used scientifically) the European bison.

Origin of aurochs

1760–70; < German, variant (now obsolete) of Auerochs, Middle High German ūrochse, Old High German ūrohso, equivalent to ūr (cognate with Old English ūr bison) + ohso ox
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aurochs

/ (ˈɔːrɒks) /

noun plural -rochs

a recently extinct member of the cattle tribe, Bos primigenius, that inhabited forests in N Africa, Europe, and SW Asia. It had long horns and is thought to be one of the ancestors of modern cattleAlso called: urus

Word Origin for aurochs

C18: from German, from Old High German ūrohso, from ūro bison + ohso ox
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