[ ok-suh n ]
/ ˈɒk sən /


a plural of ox.

Nearby words

  1. oxbow chest,
  2. oxbow front,
  3. oxbow lake,
  4. oxbridge,
  5. oxcart,
  6. oxenstierna,
  7. oxeye,
  8. oxeye daisy,
  9. oxfam,
  10. oxford


[ oks ]
/ ɒks /

noun, plural ox·en for 1, 2, ox·es for 3.

the adult castrated male of the genus Bos, used chiefly as a draft animal.
any member of the bovine family.
Informal. a clumsy, stupid fellow.

Origin of ox

before 900; Middle English oxe, Old English oxa; cognate with Old Frisian oxa, Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, Old Norse uxi, oxi; akin to Welsh ych

Related formsox·like, adjective

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/ (ˈɒksən) /


the plural of ox


/ (ɒks) /

noun plural oxen (ˈɒksən)

an adult castrated male of any domesticated species of cattle, esp Bos taurus, used for draught work and meat
any bovine mammal, esp any of the domestic cattle

Word Origin for ox

Old English oxa; related to Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, Old Norse oxi

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