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cow 1

 (kou)
n.
1. The mature female of cattle of the genus Bos.
2. The mature female of certain other large animals, such as elephants, moose, or whales.
3. A domesticated bovine of either sex or any age.
Idioms:
have a cow
Slang To become amazed, angered, or upset: He had a cow when he saw the mess we made.
till the cows come home Informal
For a very long time; indefinitely: They could argue till the cows come home and still not reach an agreement.

[Middle English cou, from Old English ; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.]

cow′y adj.

cow 2

 (kou)
tr.v. cowed, cow·ing, cows
To frighten or subdue with threats or a show of force. See Synonyms at intimidate.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin.]

cow′ed·ly (-ĭd-lē) adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cows - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or agecows - 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 ?
He wanted to come up with the cow, so as to examine her, and see if she would appear to know him, or whether there were any peculiarities to distinguish her from a thousand other cows, whose only business is to fill the milk-pail, and sometimes kick it over.
The animals of Abyssinia; the elephant, unicorn, their horses and cows; with a particular account of the moroc.
There were also pretty little barns, with china fences around them; and many cows and sheep and horses and pigs and chickens, all made of china, were standing about in groups.
"Really," he said, flushing, and at once, to change the conversation, he said: "Then I'll send you two cows, shall I?
The sea cows went on schlooping and grazing and chumping in the weed, and Kotick asked them questions in every language that he had picked up in his travels; and the Sea People talk nearly as many languages as human beings.
And so, when he was caught while trying to steal the cows of Iphiclus and taken bound to the city of Aegina, and when the house, in which Iphiclus was, was about to fall, he told an old woman, one of the servants of Iphiclus, and in return was released.
One evening, when I was still little, standing as high as a man's elbow only, I went out with my mother below the cattle kraal to see the cows driven in.
These myriads of cows stretching under her eyes from the far east to the far west outnumbered any she had ever seen at one glance before.
The cows in headlong panic, the bulls furious with rage, uttering deep roars, and occasionally turning with a desperate rush upon their pursuers.
His horse would have ran off, if a shepherd who was coming by, driving a cow, had not stopped it.
She also changed the slave into a cow, which she sent to my steward.
"Does a cat talk like a cow, or a cow talk like a cat?"