cow


cow
cow1
cowlike, adj.
/kow/, n., pl. cows, (Archaic) kine.
1. the mature female of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos.
2. the female of various other large animals, as the elephant or whale.
3. Informal. a domestic bovine of either sex and any age.
4. Slang (disparaging and offensive). a large, obese, and slovenly woman.
5. Offensive. a woman who has a large number of children or is frequently pregnant.
6. till or until the cows come home, for a long time; forever: You can keep arguing till the cows come home, but I won't change my mind.
[bef. 900; ME cou, OE cu; c. G Kuh, D koe, ON kyr, L bos, Gk boûs ox; cf. BOVINE, GAUR]
cow2
/kow/, v.t.
to frighten with threats, violence, etc.; intimidate; overawe.
[1595-1605; < ON kuga to oppress, cow; cf. Dan kue to cow]
Syn. terrorize, scare, bully.

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In animal husbandry, the mature female of domesticated cattle.

The name is also applied to the mature female of various, usually large, animals (e.g., elephant, whale, or moose), or, more broadly, to any domestic bovine animal (see bovid) regardless of gender or age.
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(as used in expressions)
Steller's sea cow

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      in animal husbandry, the mature female of domesticated cattle (q.v.).

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