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bovine

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

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

noun

a bovine animal.

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Origin of bovine

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

OTHER WORDS FROM bovine

bo·vine·ly, adverbbo·vin·i·ty [boh-vin-i-tee], /boʊˈvɪn ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bovine

bovine
/ (ˈbəʊvaɪn) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Bovini (cattle), a bovid tribe including domestic cattle
(of people) dull; sluggish; stolid

noun

any animal belonging to the Bovini

Derived forms of bovine

bovinely, adverb

Word Origin for bovine

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

bovine
[ bōvīn′ ]

Characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle.
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