AskDefine | Define bovine

Dictionary Definition

bovine adj
1 of or relating to or belonging to the genus Bos (cattle) [syn: bovid]
2 dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox; "showed a bovine apathy" n : any of various members of the genus Bos

User Contributed Dictionary



From bovinus, from bos


  • a UK /ˈbəʊ.vaɪn/, /"b@U.vaIn/
  • a US: , /ˈboʊvaɪn/, /"boUvaIn/


  1. Of or pertaining to cattle.
  2. Sluggish, dull, slow-witted.

Derived terms

Related terms


of, relating to or resembling cattle
  • Finnish: nauta-
  • French: bovin, bovine
  • Latin: bovinus
  • Polish: bydlęcy
  • Portuguese: bovino
sluggish, dull, slow-witted


  1. An animal of the family Bovidae, including cattle, buffaloes and bison.


animal of the family Bovidae
  • Czech: tur
  • Finnish: nauta
  • French: bovin





Extensive Definition

The biological subfamily bovines includes a diverse group of 10 species of medium-sized to large ungulates, including domestic cattle, Bison, the Water Buffalo, the Yak, and the four-horned and spiral-horned antelopes. The evolutionary relationship between the members of the group is obscure, and their classification into loose tribes rather than formal sub-groups reflects this uncertainty. General characteristics include a cloven hoof and usually at least one of the sexes of a species having a true horn.
In most countries, bovines are used for food. Cows are eaten almost everywhere, except in most parts of India where bovines are considered sacred by most Hindus.

Systematics and Classification


Bovine is derived form Latin bos, "ox", through Late Latin bovinus.


  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. 2003. Opinion 2027 (Case 3010). Usage of 17ΔбГ specific names based on wild species which are pre-dated by or contemporary with those based on domestic animals (Lepidoptera, Osteichthyes, Mammalia): conserved. Bull.Zool.Nomencl., 60:81-84.


External links

bovine in Bulgarian: Говеда
bovine in Czech: Tuři
bovine in German: Bovinae
bovine in Spanish: Bovinae
bovine in Esperanto: Bovenoj
bovine in French: Bovinae
bovine in Italian: Bovinae
bovine in Hebrew: פרים
bovine in Croatian: Goveda
bovine in Hungarian: Tulokformák
bovine in Lithuanian: Jaučiai
bovine in Dutch: Runderen
bovine in Japanese: ウシ亜科
bovine in Norwegian: Oksedyr
bovine in Occitan (post 1500): Bovinae
bovine in Polish: Bovinae
bovine in Portuguese: Bovinae
bovine in Russian: Быки (подсемейство)
bovine in Simple English: Bovinae
bovine in Finnish: Nautaeläimet
bovine in Swedish: Oxdjur
bovine in Turkish: Sığırlar
bovine in Chinese: 牛亚科
bovine in Min Nan: Bovinae

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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