[boh-vahyn, -vin, -veen]
- 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
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- 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 for bovine
C19: from Late Latin bovīnus concerning oxen or cows, from Latin bōs ox, cow
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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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle.
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