Definition of Cattle

1. Noun. Domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age. "A team of oxen"

Exact synonyms: Bos Taurus, Cows, Kine, Oxen
Member holonyms: Calf
Group relationships: Bos, Genus Bos, Herd
Generic synonyms: Bovine
Specialized synonyms: Ox, Stirk, Bullock, Steer, Bull, Cow, Moo-cow, Beef, Beef Cattle, Welsh, Welsh Black, Red Poll, Africander, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Cow, Milch Cow, Milcher, Milk Cow, Milker, Devon, Grade
Terms within: Beef, Boeuf
Derivative terms: Cattleship

Definition of Cattle

1. n. pl. Quadrupeds of the Bovine family; sometimes, also, including all domestic quadrupeds, as sheep, goats, horses, mules, asses, and swine.

Definition of Cattle

1. Noun. Domesticated bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc). ¹

2. Noun. Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses. ¹

3. Noun. (pejorative figuratively) People who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete English law sometimes countable) chattel ¹

5. Noun. (uncountable rare) (non-gloss definition Used in restricted contexts to refer to the meat derived from cattle.) ¹

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Definition of Cattle

1. domesticated bovines [n]

Medical Definition of Cattle

1. Domesticated bovine animals usually kept on a farm or ranch and used for the production of meat or dairy products or for heavy labour. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cattle

cattle (current term)
cattle beast
cattle boat
cattle breeding
cattle cake
cattle call
cattle calls
cattle car
cattle cars
cattle diseases
cattle dog
cattle dogs

Literary usage of Cattle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Public Health Administration in the United States by Wilson George Smillie (1916)
"It means that cattle tuberculosis existing in a human can very seldom be ... It other words, cattle tuberculosis may be transmitted from cattle to man, ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1912)
"cattle In state—breeds for different purposes; feeding; cost of rearing; diseases; ... Which are the best breeds of cattle for Ohio? by R. Baker. ..."

3. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1902)
"Corn was 25 cents per bushel and the cattle were of good quality and bought at ... Last year we fed 22 cattle worth $40pet head when we commenced feeding; ..."

4. Transactions by American philosophical society (1850)
"REPORT ON NEAT cattle. The committee of the agricultural society appointed to report on the state of cattle and cattle-farming generally in the Hawaiian ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"There was no objection to the delivery of the cattle to Dawson, although before they were delivered there was a wrangle between O'Neal and the agent and tbc ..."

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