taurine

Use the adjective taurine to describe someone or something that resembles a bull, like a big, broad dog lumbering through the dog park.

The resemblance to the astrological sign known as "Taurus" is the tipoff to the meaning of taurine: this elegant adjective means "relating to or resembling a bull." In fact, in Latin taurus means "bull." You might describe a football player in a tiny antique shop, bumping against delicate furniture and jostling tea cups, as taurine.

Definitions of taurine
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or resembling a bull
  2. noun
    a colorless crystalline substance obtained from the bile of mammals
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    type of:
    chemical compound, compound
    (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
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