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Variant of oxo-.
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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]
var. of oxy-2 before a vowel: oxalate.
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