- oxbow chest,
- oxbow front,
- oxbow lake,
- oxeye daisy,
noun, plural ox·en for 1, 2, ox·es for 3.
Origin of ox
Examples from the Web for oxen
Just a little before daybreak they were all wakened by the bellowing of the oxen and the barking of dogs.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
Sometimes a heavily-laden cart would go by drawn by a long string of oxen; but they were picturesque and added to the charm.The Chief Legatee|Anna Katharine Green
These goods of the moving household are laden and forwarded on carts called Hackeries, drawn by oxen.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877|James Kennedy
Oxen and asses, not horses, were the work animals of the farmers of those days.Hebrew Life and Times|Harold B. Hunting
Behind the oxen came the asses, trotting along and kicking under the blows of the donkey drivers.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5|Theophile Gautier
noun plural oxen (ˈɒksən)
Word Origin for ox
plural of ox, it is the only true continuous survival in Modern English of the Old English weak plural. OED reports oxes occurs 14c.-16c., "but has not survived."
Old English oxa "ox" (plural oxan), from Proto-Germanic *ukhson (cf. Old Norse oxi, Old Frisian oxa, Middle Dutch osse, Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, German Ochse, Gothic auhsa), from PIE *uks-en- "male animal," (cf. Welsh ych "ox," Middle Irish oss "stag," Sanskrit uksa, Avestan uxshan- "ox, bull"), said to be from root *uks- "to sprinkle," related to *ugw- "wet, moist." The animal word, then, is literally "besprinkler."