browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
beef

more about beef

beef


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beef  \Beef\  (b[=e]f),  n.  [OE.  boef,  befe,  beef,  OF  boef,  buef, 
  F.  b[oe]ef,  fr  L.  bos,  bovis,  ox  akin  to  Gr  boy^s,  Skr. 
  g[=o]  cow,  and  E.  cow.  See  2d  {Cow}.] 
  1.  An  animal  of  the  genus  {Bos},  especially  the  common 
  species,  {B.  taurus},  including  the  bull,  cow,  and  ox  in 
  their  full  grown  state;  esp.,  an  ox  or  cow  fattened  for 
  food. 
 
  Note:  [In  this  which  is  the  original  sense  the  word  has  a 
  plural,  beeves  (b[=e]vz).] 
 
  A  herd  of  beeves,  fair  oxen  and  fair  kine. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  The  flesh  of  an  ox  or  cow,  or  of  any  adult  bovine  animal, 
  when  slaughtered  for  food. 
 
  Note:  [In  this  sense  the  word  has  no  plural.]  ``Great  meals 
  of  beef.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Applied  colloquially  to  human  flesh. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beef  \Beef\,  a. 
  Of  pertaining  to  or  resembling,  beef. 
 
  {Beef  tea},  essence  of  beef,  or  strong  beef  broth. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beef 
  n  1:  cattle  that  are  reared  for  their  meat  [syn:  {beef  cattle}] 
  2:  meat  from  an  adult  domestic  bovine  [syn:  {boeuf}] 
  3:  informal  terms  for  objecting;  "I  have  a  gripe  about  the 
  service  here"  [syn:  {gripe},  {kick},  {bitch},  {squawk}] 
  v  :  complain;  "What  was  he  hollering  about?"  [syn:  {gripe},  {grouse}, 
  {squawk},  {bellyache},  {holler}] 




more about beef