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ox·en

 (ŏk′sən)
n.
Plural of ox.

oxen

(ˈɒksən)
n
(Animals) the plural of ox

ox

(ɒks)

n., pl. ox•en for 1,2, ox•es for 3.
1. any of various large, bulky bovids, as domestic cattle, water buffaloes, and yaks, esp. a castrated adult male used as a draft animal.
2. Informal. a clumsy, stupid fellow.
[before 900; Middle English oxe, Old English oxa; c. Old High German ohso (German Ochse), Old Norse uxi, oxi]
ox′like`, adj.

ox-

var. of oxy-2 before a vowel: oxalate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oxen - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or ageoxen - 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 ?
The weather was cold and there was little or no grass for the oxen, which made the journey difficult; but he had been tempted to it by the high rates of transport that prevailed at that season of the year, which would remunerate him for any probable loss he might suffer in cattle.
During the night he was awakened by a sense of bitter cold and the low moaning of the oxen that were tied to the trek-tow, every ox in its place.
But no doubt the first man that ever murdered an ox was regarded as a murderer; perhaps he was hung; and if he had been put on his trial by oxen, he certainly would have been; and he certainly deserved it if any murderer does.
405-413) First of all, get a house, and a woman and an ox for the plough -- a slave woman and not a wife, to follow the oxen as well -- and make everything ready at home, so that you may not have to ask of another, and he refuses you, and so, because you are in lack, the season pass by and your work come to nothing.
Hew also many bent timbers, and bring home a plough-tree when you have found it, and look out on the mountain or in the field for one of holm-oak; for this is the strongest for oxen to plough with when one of Athena's handmen has fixed in the share-beam and fastened it to the pole with dowels.
Having paid this tribute to my bump of caution, I purchased a wagon and a span of oxen on Sir Henry's behalf, and beauties they were.
One day he came to the King and said, 'If Ring is such a mighty man, I think you might ask him to kill the wild oxen in the wood here, and flay them the same day, and bring you the horns and the hides in the evening.
As they pursued their walk in silence, under the row of houses, where the deeper gloom of the evening effectually concealed their persons, no sound reached them, excepting the slow tread of a yoke of oxen, with the rattling of j a cart, that were moving along the street in the same direction with themselves, The figure of the teamster was just discernible by the dim light, lounging by the side of his cattle with a listless air, as if fatigued by the toil of the day.
When Ambrosch come in, it was dark and he didn't see nothing, but the oxen acted kind of queer.
All they had to do was yoke their oxen an' go after it, an' the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles to the west, an' all them thousands of miles an' millions of farms just waitin' to be took up.
The horses of Abyssinia are excellent; their mules, oxen, and cows are without number, and in these principally consists the wealth of this country.
There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb, who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town, and sold it to a doctor for two talers.