[ boh-vahyn, -vin, -veen ]
/ ˈboʊ vaɪn, -vɪn, -vin /


of or relating to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus.
oxlike; cowlike.
stolid; dull.


a bovine animal.

Origin of bovine

1810–20; < Late Latin bovīnus of, pertaining to oxen or cows, equivalent to Latin bov- (stem of bōs) ox + -īnus -ine1

Related forms

bo·vine·ly, adverbbo·vin·i·ty [boh-vin-i-tee] /boʊˈvɪn ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bovine


/ (ˈbəʊvaɪn) /


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

Derived Forms

bovinely, adverb

Word Origin for bovine

C19: from Late Latin bovīnus concerning oxen or cows, from Latin bōs ox, cow
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Science definitions for bovine


[ bōvīn′ ]

Characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle.
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