relating to cows and cattle, like in bovine spongiform encephalopathy (angry cow condition), bovine tuberculosis, and bovine human growth hormone.
1817, from French bovin (14c.), from belated Latin bovinus, from Latin bos (genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE *gwous- (view cow (n.)). Figurative sense of "inert and stupid" is from 1855.
A term used to describe such a thing related to cattle.
of or concerning or belonging to the genus Bos (cattle)
- dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox
- any of various members of the genus Bos
- Of or regarding the genus Bos; relating to, or resembling, the ox or cow; oxlike; because, the bovine genus; a bovine antelope.
- Having qualities characteristic of oxen or cattle; sluggish and patient; dull; because, a bovine temperament.
(a.) Of or with respect to the genus Bos; associated with, or resembling, the ox or cow; oxlike; since, the bovine genus; a bovine antelope.
- (a.) Having attributes characteristic of oxen or cattle; slow and diligent; lifeless; because, a bovine temperament.
OX, strictly speaking, the Saxon name for the males of domesticated cattle (Bos taurus), but in a zoological sense employed so as to include not only the extinct wild ox of Europe but likewise bovine animals of every description, that is to say true oxen, bison and buffaloes.