Adjective "bovine" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈbəʊvʌɪn/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to or affecting cattle.
  1. 'bovine tissue'
  2. 'The pests were introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century and today spread bovine tuberculosis to livestock and wreak havoc on forests, competing with native birds for food.'
  3. 'Some of these supplements, called glandulars, contain bovine brain, pituitary, pineal gland, and spinal cord, all organs where infectious prions may concentrate.'
  4. 'One possible threat is bovine tuberculosis, a disease probably introduced to South Africa through domestic cattle brought in by European settlers at the end of the 18th century.'
  5. 'Remarkably, sperm mitochondria persist in mammalian interspecies crosses as demonstrated for murine and bovine hybrids.'
  6. 'Fewer and fewer cows are infected today, but now there is an outbreak of human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, resulting from the consumption of beef products contaminated by infected bovine central nervous system tissue.'
  7. 'Some parts seem to be like bird or avian viruses, while other bits are similar to bovine or murine viruses.'
  8. 'The U.S. Department of Agriculture is actively considering a buyout of all 11 El Paso area dairy herds as well as a shutdown of the local dairy industry in response to chronic outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis in the region.'
  9. 'But he does serve up plenty of anecdotes about ranching life in the western United States, as well as welcome digressions on the economics of modern-day beef raising and the basics of bovine psychology.'
  10. 'Commercial cloning of cattle has been available for about a year now, and that was within a couple of years of the first bovine clone being born.'
  11. 'Remember Dolly and all those other ovine and bovine clones?'
  12. 'Anyway, today there was indeed one such person in the cafe, and the abrupt shift between bovine inaction and sudden stentorian animation was particularly marked.'
  13. 'Lemon is quite capable of irritating the most bovine of people or animals.'
  14. 'In between, he kept saying something to the noble looking bovine companion, who was deeply involved with whatever she was munching, and couldn't care less what her master was trying to convey.'
  15. 'Together with her bovine friend Cassie, they intend to take the town for all its sweet creamy caramel candy goodness.'
  16. 'In it I expose the almost bovine stupidity of a famous Leftist psychologist who tries to pin authoritarianism onto conservatives.'
  17. 'The stock's up more than 100 per cent recently, though, thanks to some desperate financing, a helping hand from the yield gods and the boundless stupidity of the bovine retail herd.'

noun

An animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bison.
  1. 'By 4.30 all the bails were moved, half to an easily accessible corner of the hay shed and the rest to middle of the cow shed where they'll be fenced off from the bovines.'
  2. 'The results of tests on this group of bovines shed greater light: within the animals' remains and around their carcasses, researchers discovered fecal matter from rodents and other animals.'
  3. 'Scanning the kitchen as Ellen bustles about, I count six more cows: a blue and white ceramic dish on the table, a couple of refrigerator magnets, and a trio of colorful metal bovines frolicking across the wall.'
  4. 'But cow's milk is certainly not toxin-free either; bovines commonly eat grass, hay, and grain sprayed with pesticides, for example.'
  5. 'Entering the plateau of the great central region, one realises why Yaks, the famed hairy oxen-like bovines of the Himalayas, are some of the only animals who can exists on such scraggy vegetation.'
  6. 'Beyond the obvious nutritional superiority of milk over beer, mistreating dairy cows just doesn't make economic sense; bovines produce better quality and higher volumes of milk when coddled.'
  7. 'And no, it isn't a show about bucolic bovines or pretty pigs.'
  8. 'Most numerous are ibex, of which there are twelve carvings, followed by horses, aurochs and other bovines, deer, and mammoths.'
  9. 'Max will bring art from all of these projects to this year's show, along with the famous VW Bug painted in a wild spectrum of Max colors, as well as some beautiful bovines from Cow Parade New York 2000.'
  10. 'We have started moving the cows into their positions at Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square and the crowds can't help but stop and look at these beautiful bovines.'

Definitions

1. of or relating to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus.

2. oxlike; cowlike.

3. stolid; dull. noun

4. a bovine animal.

More examples(as adjective)

"encephalopathies can be bovine."

"albumins can be bovine."

"animals can be bovine."

"crises can be bovine."

"diseases can be bovine."

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Origin

Early 19th century: from late Latin bovinus, from Latin bos, bov- ‘ox’.