If it lives on a farm, makes a mooing sound, and produces milk, it is probably a cow.

Most people would immediately identify a cow, the large, cud-chewing female of what is known as "cattle." Cows are typically domesticated farm animals, though the females of wilder bovine relatives are also called cows. The verb form of cow, "to frighten or subdue," comes from the docile nature of most cows — they are fairly easy to intimidate, or easily cowed. The Old English root is cu, from the Indo-European gwous, which might have developed from the sound that cows make.

Definitions of cow
  1. noun
    female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"
    synonyms: moo-cow
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    springer, springing cow
    a cow about to give birth
    young cow
    type of:
    Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen
    domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
  2. noun
    mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'
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    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
  3. noun
    a large unpleasant woman
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    type of:
    disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman
    a woman who is an unpleasant person
  4. verb
    subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
    synonyms: overawe
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    intimidate or overawe
    type of:
    inspire awe in
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