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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 ?
Yes'm,' said Otto; `and he's sold 'em his oxen and his two bony old horses for the price of good workteams.
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.
With a keen cutting-spade, Queequeg lances the gums; then the jaw is lashed down to ringbolts, and a tackle being rigged from aloft, they drag out these teeth, as Michigan oxen drag stumps of old oaks out of wild wood-lands.
That was it, you see--he just done it to get an "effect"; you couldn't 'a' pulled him off of that platform with a yoke of oxen.
He then tied the end of a large rope around the horns of the in-hand ox, and gave me the other end of it, and told me, if the oxen started to run, that I must hold on upon the rope.
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.
This cow, worth twenty oxen, is decreed, For him who farthest sends the winged reed.
Oxen and wain-ropes would not bring me back again to that accursed island; and the worst dreams that ever I have are when I hear the surf booming about its coasts or start upright in bed with the sharp voice of Captain Flint still ringing in my ears: "Pieces of eight
As the common size of the natives is somewhat under six inches high, so there is an exact proportion in all other animals, as well as plants and trees: for instance, the tallest horses and oxen are between four and five inches in height, the sheep an inch and half, more or less: their geese about the bigness of a sparrow, and so the several gradations downwards till you come to the smallest, which to my sight, were almost invisible; but nature has adapted the eyes of the Lilliputians to all objects proper for their view: they see with great exactness, but at no great distance.
Then the big guns came by, and I saw Two Tails and two other elephants harnessed in line to a forty-pounder siege gun, while twenty yoke of oxen walked behind.
So seven thousand waggons of the gold of the whole kingdom were driven up; these the strong man shoved into the sack, oxen and all.
A lion having taken his haunt near the place where I lived, killed all the oxen and cows, and did a great deal of other mischief, of which I heard new complaints every day.