noun, plural ox·en for 1, 2, ox·es for 3.
Origin of ox
Examples from the Web for oxes
She plowed two oxes, an' if'en yo' has eber been around a steer yo' knows what aggravatin' things dey is.
Then they shewed him the Oxes goad wherewith Shamger slew six hundred men.The Children's Hour, v 5. Stories From Seven Old Favorites|Eva March Tappan
British Dictionary definitions for oxes
noun plural oxen (ˈɒksən)
Word Origin for ox
Word Origin and History for oxes
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."