- bovine animals, especially domesticated members of the genus Bos.
- Bible. such animals together with other domesticated quadrupeds, as horses, swine, etc.
- Disparaging. human beings, especially in a large, unruly crowd.
Origin of cattle
Examples from the Web for cattle
While not the most stimulating for those less passionate about cattle, Grandin made it interesting.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA
November 18, 2014
The guys are known as “Forbeses” (as in Forbes rich list); the girls as “tiolki,” cattle.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
There were some $7 million in rabbit meat sales in 2000, according to the USDA, compared to $41 billion for cattle.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
In this one, he demonstrates the use of music as a conflict-free method of cattle rustling.Bear Walks Upright, ‘Apparently Kid,’ and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
August 10, 2014
The homestretch of the track had been blocked off with cattle fencing—the kind they use at rodeos that makes for easy climbing.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
He was moving leisurely, keeping his horse at the cattle pony's lope.Way of the Lawless
No part of my business is pleasanter than the watering of cattle.A Rill from the Town Pump (From "Twice Told Tales")
Our greatest difficulty in these marshes was the watering of the cattle.
Prayers were read to the men, and the cattle and party rested.
The extent of land is reckoned not by acreage, but by the heads of cattle it will keep.The Roof of France
- bovid mammals of the tribe Bovini (bovines), esp those of the genus Bos
- Also called: domestic cattle any domesticated bovine mammals, esp those of the species Bos taurus (domestic ox)
Word Origin and History for cattle
mid-13c., "property," from Anglo-French catel "property" (Old North French catel, Old French chatel), from Medieval Latin capitale "property, stock," noun use of neuter of Latin adjective capitalis "principal, chief" (see capital (n.1)). Cf. sense development of fee, pecuniary. Sense originally was of movable property, especially livestock; it began to be limited to "cows and bulls" from late 16c.