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[yoo r-uh s]
noun, plural u·rus·es.
  1. the aurochs.
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Origin of urus

1595–1605; < Latin ūrus a kind of wild ox (cognate with Greek oûros) < Germanic; compare Old English, Old High German ūr, Old Norse ūrr
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Historical Examples of urus

  • The asp was worshipped by the Egyptians under the name of urus.

    History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

    G. Maspero

  • It is thought by some that the Chillingham cattle are descendants of the urus.

    The Tree-Dwellers

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • For information concerning the wild cattle, see The Urus, p. 145.

    The Tree-Dwellers

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • The gigantic, unwieldy ox, the Urus of Caesar, has been extinct since Roman times.

  • Some confusion has arisen as to the description and the names of the Urus and the Bison.

    Notes on the Fenland

    T. McKenny Huges

British Dictionary definitions for urus


noun plural uruses
  1. another name for the aurochs
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Word Origin for urus

C17: from ūrus, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German ūr, Old Norse urr, Greek ouros aurochs
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