- of or relating to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus.
- oxlike; cowlike.
- stolid; dull.
- a bovine animal.
Origin of bovine
Examples from the Web for bovine
He sat before a wall full of badges, in a big swivel chair, his bovine features set in mistrustful concentration.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
This miniaturized gym routine enabled the scientists to grow usable quantities of bovine muscle—otherwise known as beef.The $330,000 Fake Burger
August 5, 2013
Host Joe Rogan gleefully watches the contestants gag and struggle through the bovine brains until one young man quits altogether.‘Fear Factor’ Donkey Semen, More Gross Things Eaten on TV (Video)
February 3, 2012
A star is born, another goes down courtesy of a synonym for bovine rabies, and the judges try but fail to steal the show.7 Best Moments from the Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Daily Beast Video
May 29, 2009
The bovine humanity fitted to the machinery as the ox to the treadmill.City of Endless Night
Plenty of desert hogs, as fat and as round as a ball of bovine butter.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
To leave them was the bovine manner of saying, "Well, then, take them."The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island
Roger Thompson Finlay
The limbs of the Gaur have more of the form of the deer than any other of the bovine genus.Delineations of the Ox Tribe
Picquet, unastonished, gave him a heavy, bovine look of inquiry.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Bovini (cattle), a bovid tribe including domestic cattle
- (of people) dull; sluggish; stolid
- any animal belonging to the Bovini
Word Origin and History for bovine
1817, from French bovin (14c.), from Late Latin bovinus, from Latin bos (genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE *gwous- (see cow (n.)). Figurative sense of "inert and stupid" is from 1855.
- Characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle.