If something is bovine, it has to do with cows or cattle, or it reminds you of the slow and seemingly unintelligent ways of cows and cattle. Someone's glacial pace and dull comments might contribute to his thoroughly bovine impression.

The adjective bovine is used for anything that has to do with animals from the genus “Bos,” which classifies wild and domestic cattle. Mad Cow Disease is technically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and it can be said to have bovine origins. What are known as cow pies are, in fact, bovine droppings. People can be described as bovine if they are intellectually dull, slow-moving, or somewhat cow-like in their appearance.

Definitions of bovine
  1. noun
    any of various members of the genus Bos
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    ox, wild ox
    any of various wild bovines especially of the genera Bos or closely related Bibos
    Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen
    domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
    Bos indicus, Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin
    any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
    an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus
    yearling heifer or bullock
    bullock, steer
    castrated bull
    uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
    cow, moo-cow
    female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"
    beef, beef cattle
    cattle that are reared for their meat
    domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia
    Bos primigenius, aurochs, urus
    large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle
    Bos grunniens, yak
    large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated
    Bos banteng, banteng, banting, tsine
    wild ox of the Malay Archipelago
    Welsh, Welsh Black
    a breed of dual-purpose cattle developed in Wales
    red poll
    hornless short-haired breed of beef and dairy cattle
    tall large-horned humped cattle of South Africa; used for meat or draft
    dairy cattle, dairy cow, milch cow, milcher, milk cow, milker
    cattle that are reared for their milk
    red dual-purpose cattle of English origin
    a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed
    Asian wild ox
    genus of Asiatic wild oxen
    type of:
    hollow-horned ruminants
  2. adjective
    of or relating to or belonging to the genus Bos (cattle)
    synonyms: bovid
  3. adjective
    dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox
    “showed a bovine apathy”
    lacking in liveliness or animation
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