[ awr-oks ]

noun,plural au·rochs.
  1. a large, black European wild ox, Bos primigenius: extinct since 1627.

  2. (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) + ohsoox

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How to use aurochs in a sentence

  • What this creature was is not clear; possibly it was the aurochs or buffalo—Bordes vengeable beast, the Bovy of Bohemia.

    Medival Byways | Louis F. Salzmann

British Dictionary definitions for aurochs


/ (ˈɔːrɒks) /

nounplural -rochs
  1. 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 cattle: Also called: urus

Origin of aurochs

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

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