[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. auriscope,
  2. auriscopic,
  3. aurist,
  4. aurobindo,
  5. aurobindo, sri,
  6. aurora,
  7. aurora australis,
  8. aurora borealis,
  9. aurorae,
  10. auroral

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for aurochs



1766, misapplication to the European bison (Bos bison) of a word that actually refers to a species of wild ox (Bos ursus) that went extinct 17c., from German Aurochs, from Old High German urohso, from uro "aurochs" (cognate with Old English ur, Old Norse ürr), of unknown origin, + ohso "ox" (see ox). Latin urus and Greek ouros are Germanic loan-words.

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