[ 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 oxoxlike, adjective
Other definitions for ox (2 of 3)
a combining form meaning “containing oxygen”: oxazine.
Origin of ox-
Short for oxygen
Other definitions for ox (3 of 3)
Origin of Ox.
From the Medieval Latin word Oxonia
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How to use ox in a sentence
"When I goes round my 'orses in the mornin' they look at me like so many bull-oxes askin' to be slaughtered," he said.Boy Woodburn|Alfred Ollivant
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 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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