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

n 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

adj of or relating to or belonging to the genus Bos (cattle)


adj dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox

“showed a bovine apathy”
lacking in liveliness or animation

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