Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus.
Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat (beef and veal), as dairy animals for milk and other dairy products, and as draft animals (oxen or bullocks that pull carts, plows and other implements). Other products include leather and dung for manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious meaning.
Around 10,500 years ago, cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 progenitors in southeast Turkey. According to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome. Some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth, and cattle raiding consequently one of the earliest forms of theft.
An adult female of the species Bos taurus that has calved.
Any member of the species Bos taurus regardless of calves.
Beef: the meat of cattle as food.
Any bovines or bovids generally, including yaks, buffalo, etc.
A female member of other large species of mammal, including the bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.
A woman considered unpleasant in some way, particularly one considered nasty, stupid, fat, lazy, or difficult.
A chock: a wedge or brake used to stop a machine or car.
To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of.
“Con artists are not cowed by the law.”
An indication of excitement, surprise, astonishment, or pleasure.
An expression of amazement, awe, or admiration.
“Wow! How do they do that?”
Used sarcastically to express disapproval of something.
“Wow… I can’t believe you would do such a thing.”
To amaze or awe.
“He really wowed the audience.”
An exceptionally surprising or unbelievable fact.
“He did? That’s a wow!”
A relatively slow form of flutter (pitch variation) which can affect both gramophone records and tape recorders.
expressing astonishment or admiration
“‘Wow!’ he cried enthusiastically”
a sensational success
“your play’s a wow”
slow pitch fluctuation in sound reproduction, perceptible in long notes.
impress and excite (someone) greatly
“they wowed audiences on their recent British tour”