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n. pl. aurochs
1. A wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia that became extinct in the 17th century and is believed to be the ancestor of domestic cattle. Also called urus.
2. See wisent.
n, pl -rochs
1. (Animals) a recently extinct member of the cattle tribe, Bos primigenius, that inhabited forests in N Africa, Europe, and SW Asia. It had long horns and is thought to be one of the ancestors of modern cattle. Also called: urus
2. (Palaeontology) a recently extinct member of the cattle tribe, Bos primigenius, that inhabited forests in N Africa, Europe, and SW Asia. It had long horns and is thought to be one of the ancestors of modern cattle. Also called: urus
[C18: from German, from Old High German ūrohso, from ūro bison + ohso ox]
n., pl. -rochs.
1. a large, extinct European wild ox, Bos primigenius.
2. bison. (def. 2).
[1760–70; < German, variant (now obsolete) of Auerochs, Old High German ūrohso=ūr (c. Old English ūr bison) + ohso ox]
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|Noun||1.||aurochs - European bison having a smaller and higher head than the North American bison|
genus Bison - sometimes considered a subgenus of genus Bos: American buffalo
bison - any of several large humped bovids having shaggy manes and large heads and short horns
|2.||aurochs - large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle|
Bos, genus Bos - wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini