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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ox  \Ox\  ([o^]ks),  n.;  pl  {Oxen}.  [AS.  oxa;  akin  to  D.  os  G. 
  ochs,  ochse,  OHG.  ohso,  Icel.  oxi,  Sw  &  Dan.  oxe,  Goth. 
  a['u]hsa,  Skr.  ukshan  ox  bull;  cf  Skr.  uksh  to  sprinkle. 
  [root]214.  Cf  {Humid},  {Aurochs}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  The  male  of  bovine  quadrupeds,  especially  the  domestic  animal 
  when  castrated  and  grown  to  its  full  size,  or  nearly  so  The 
  word  is  also  applied,  as  a  general  name  to  any  species  of 
  bovine  animals,  male  and  female. 
 
  All  sheep  and  oxen,  yea,  and  the  beasts  of  the  field. 
  --Ps.  viii.  7. 
 
  Note:  The  castrated  male  is  called  a  steer  until  it  attains 
  its  full  growth,  and  then,  an  ox  but  if  castrated 
  somewhat  late  in  life,  it  is  called  a  stag.  The  male, 
  not  castrated,  is  called  a  bull.  These  distinctions  are 
  well  established  in  regard  to  domestic  animals  of  this 
  genus.  When  wild  animals  of  this  kind  are  spoken  of  ox 
  is  often  applied  both  to  the  male  and  the  female.  The 
  name  ox  is  never  applied  to  the  individual  cow,  or 
  female,  of  the  domestic  kind  Oxen  may  comprehend  both 
  the  male  and  the  female. 
 
  {Grunting  ox}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  yak. 
 
  {Indian  ox}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  zebu. 
 
  {Javan  ox}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  banteng. 
 
  {Musk  ox}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  under  {Musk}. 
 
  {Ox  bile}.  See  {Ox  gall},  below. 
 
  {Ox  gall},  the  fresh  gall  of  the  domestic  ox  --  used  in  the 
  arts  and  in  medicine. 
 
  {Ox  pith},  ox  marrow.  [Obs.]  --Marston. 
 
  {Ox  ray}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  large  ray  ({Dicerobatis 
  Giorn[ae]})  of  Southern  Europe.  It  has  a  hornlike  organ 
  projecting  forward  from  each  pectoral  fin.  It  sometimes 
  becomes  twenty  feet  long  and  twenty-eight  feet  broad,  and 
  weighs  over  a  ton.  Called  also  {sea  devil}. 
 
  {To  have  the  black  ox  tread  on  one's  foot},  to  be 
  unfortunate;  to  know  what  sorrow  is  (because  black  oxen 
  were  sacrificed  to  Pluto).  --Leigh  Hunt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  oxen 
  n  :  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"  [syn:  {cattle},  {cows},  {kine},  {Bos  taurus}] 




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