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n. pl. bos
A long staff, used as a weapon in martial arts.
[Japanese bō, stick, bo, from Middle Chinese baı̷wŋ', stick (also the source of Mandarin bàng), from Old Chinese *brôŋʔ, perhaps of Tai origin and akin to Thai phlɔɔŋ, club, cudgel (if the Tai word is not itself of Sinitic origin).]
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|Noun||1.||Bos - wild and domestic cattle; in some classifications placed in the subfamily Bovinae or tribe Bovini|
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
bovine - any of various members of the genus Bos
Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen - 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"
ox - an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus
Bos indicus, Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin - any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
zebu - domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia
Bos primigenius, urus, aurochs - large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle
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