Having to do with a cow (or bull). For example, bovine growth hormone is similar to human growth hormone but is made by the pituitary gland of the cow (and is used to increase milk production in dairy cattle).
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Relating to cattle. [L. bos (bov-), ox]

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bo·vine 'bō-.vīn, -.vēn n an ox (genus Bos) or a closely related animal
bovine adj

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bo·vine (boґvīn) [L. bos, bovis ox, bullock, cow] pertaining to, characteristic of, or derived from cattle.

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  • Bovine — Bo vine, a. [LL. bovinus, fr. L. bos, bovis, ox, cow: cf. F. bovine. See {Cow}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the genus {Bos}; relating to, or resembling, the ox or cow; oxlike; as, the bovine genus; a bovine antelope. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bovine — index phlegmatic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bovine — 1817, from Fr. bovin (14c.), from L.L. bovinus, from L. bos (gen. bovis) ox, cow, from PIE *gwous (see COW (Cf. cow)). Figurative sense of inert and stupid is from 1855 …   Etymology dictionary

  • bovine — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or resembling cattle. 2) sluggish or stupid. ► NOUN ▪ an animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bisons. DERIVATIVES bovinely adverb. ORIGIN Latin bovinus, from bos ox …   English terms dictionary

  • bovine — [bō′vīn΄, bō′vēn΄] adj. [LL bovinus < L bos (gen. bovis), ox: see COW1] 1. of an ox 2. having oxlike qualities; thought of as oxlike; slow, dull, stupid, stolid, etc. n. 1. any of a genus (Bos) of bovid ruminants 2. any similar bovid …   English World dictionary

  • bovine — ● bovin, bovine adjectif (bas latin bovinus) Relatif au bœuf, aux bovinés : Élevage bovin. Qui ressemble au bœuf par son aspect terne et inexpressif : Regard bovin. ● bovin, bovine (expressions) adjectif (bas latin bovinus) Espèce bovine,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bovine — [[t]bo͟ʊvaɪn[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Bovine means relating to cattle. [TECHNICAL] 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone s behaviour or appearance as bovine, you think that they are stupid or slow. I m depressed by the… …   English dictionary

  • bovine — 1. adjective 1) large, bovine eyes Syn: cowlike, calflike, taurine 2) an expression of bovine amazement Syn: stupid, slow, ignorant, unintelligent, imperceptive, vacuous, mindless, witless …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • BOVINE — adj. f. Il ne s emploie que dans ces locutions, Les bêtes bovines, la race bovine, Les boeufs, les vaches, les taureaux. Améliorer la race bovine …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • bovine — bo|vine [ˈbəuvaın US ˈbou ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; : Late Latin; Origin: bovinus, from Latin bos ox, cow ] 1.) technical relating to cows ▪ bovine diseases 2.) written slow and slightly stupid, like a cow used to show disapproval ▪ a bovine… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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