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ox

[ oks ]
/ ɒks /
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noun, plural ox·en [ok-suhn] /ˈɒk sən/ 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.
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Origin of ox

First recorded 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

OTHER WORDS FROM ox

oxlike, adjective

Other definitions for ox (2 of 3)

ox-

Chemistry.
a combining form meaning “containing oxygen”: oxazine.

Origin of ox-

Short for oxygen

Other definitions for ox (3 of 3)

Ox.

abbreviation
Oxford.

Origin of Ox.

From the Medieval Latin word Oxonia
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British Dictionary definitions for ox

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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Medical definitions for ox (1 of 2)

ox- 22

pref.
Variant ofoxy-

Medical definitions for ox (2 of 2)

ox- 11

pref.
Variant ofoxo-
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