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kine

 (kīn)
n. Archaic
A plural of cow1.

[Middle English kyn, from Old English cȳna, genitive pl. of , cow; see cow1.]

kine

(kaɪn)
n
(functioning as plural) archaic cows; cattle
[Old English cӯna of cows, from cow1]

cow1

(kaʊ)

n.
1. the mature female of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos.
2. the female of various other large animals, as the elephant or whale.
3. Informal. a domestic bovine of either sex and any age.
Idioms:
have a cow, to become hysterical.
[before 900; Middle English cou, Old English cū, c. Old Saxon kō, Old High German chuo, Old Norse kȳr, Latin bōs, Greek boûs ox]

cow2

(kaʊ)

v.t.
to frighten with threats; intimidate; overawe.
[1595–1605; < Old Norse kūga to oppress, cow]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kine - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or agekine - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "so many head of cattle"; "wait till the cows come home"; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible; "a team of oxen"
calf - young of domestic cattle
Bos, genus Bos - wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini
bovine - any of various members of the genus Bos
ox - an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus
stirk - yearling heifer or bullock
bullock, steer - castrated bull
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
Welsh Black, Welsh - a breed of dual-purpose cattle developed in Wales
red poll - hornless short-haired breed of beef and dairy cattle
Africander - 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
Devon - red dual-purpose cattle of English origin
grade - a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed
boeuf, beef - meat from an adult domestic bovine
herd - a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
References in classic literature ?
So kine, so good, so patient with me always, my dear old Fritz.
True, there were the usual night-sounds of the country -- the whir of night- birds, the buzzing of insects, the barking of distant dogs, the mellow lowing of far-off kine -- but these didn't seem to break the stillness, they only intensified it, and added a grewsome melancholy to it into the bargain.
Yes, DEY will, I reck'n, Mars Tom, but what kine er time is JIM havin'?
The mender of roads went home, with the dust going on before him according to the set of the wind, and was soon at the fountain, squeezing himself in among the lean kine brought there to drink, and appearing even to whisper to them in his whispering to all the village.
We are the king's kine, bred to be butchered, You, too, are one of us
As one who long in populous City pent, Where Houses thick and Sewers annoy the Aire, Forth issuing on a Summers Morn, to breathe Among the pleasant Villages and Farmes Adjoynd, from each thing met conceaves delight, The smell of Grain, or tedded Grass, or Kine, Or Dairie, each rural sight, each rural sound; If chance with Nymphlike step fair Virgin pass, What pleasing seemd, for her now pleases more, She most, and in her look summs all Delight.
He made all-- Thorn for the camel, fodder for the kine, And mother's heart for sleepy head, O little son of mine!
Really, have you had a vision of the seven fat kine and the seven lean kine?
Trees, kine, and the outlines of barns showed shadowy about them when they alighted, and Mr.
Outside the barred door, where discomfited kine came to ask for their old stable, Shamlegh and the coolies gave itself up to plunder and riotous living.
The ripe hue of the red and dun kine absorbed the evening sunlight, which the white-coated animals returned to the eye in rays almost dazzling, even at the distant elevation on which she stood.
The air grew full of silence, the birds twittered sleepily, and from afar came, faint and clear, the musical song of the milkmaid calling the kine home to the milking.