- a plural of cow1.
Origin of kine1
Middle English kyn, Old English cȳna, genitive plural of cū cow1
Origin of kine2
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- (functioning as plural) an archaic word for cowsor cattle
Word Origin for kine
Old English cӯna of cows, from cū cow 1
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archaic plural of cow, a double plural (cf. children) or genitive plural of Middle English kye "cows," from Old English cy (genitive cyna), plural of cu "cow."
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