noun, plural ox·en for 1, 2, ox·es for 3.
- owren's disease,
- ox-eye herring,
- ox-tongue partisan
Origin of ox
Examples from the Web for oxlike
Philip, holding his candle aloft, marveled at his own temerity in hitting this giant, oxlike in size and strength.The King of Diamonds|Louis Tracy
There were parties of Chinese, sometimes on foot and sometimes with trains of mules or yaks, the oxlike Tibetan beasts of burden.The Caves of Fear|John Blaine
Conditions were too adverse; they simply weakened and slipped slowly back into dullness and an oxlike or else a fretful patience.Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
These oxlike men are descendants of those who always stayed behind.The Old World in the New|Edward Alsworth Ross
noun plural oxen (ˈɒksən)
Word Origin for ox
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."