What does cattle mean?

Definitions for cattle
ˈkæt lcat·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cattle, cows, kine, oxen, Bos taurusnoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. cattlenoun

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

    Do you want to raise cattle?

    Etymology: From catel, from catel, from capitale, from capitalis, from caput 'head' + -alis '-al'.

  2. cattlenoun

    Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses.

    Etymology: From catel, from catel, from capitale, from capitalis, from caput 'head' + -alis '-al'.

  3. cattlenoun

    People who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny.

    Etymology: From catel, from catel, from capitale, from capitalis, from caput 'head' + -alis '-al'.

  4. cattlenoun

    chattel

    goods and cattle

    Etymology: From catel, from catel, from capitale, from capitalis, from caput 'head' + -alis '-al'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cattle

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

    Etymology: [OE. calet, chatel, goods, property, OF. catel, chatel, LL. captale, capitale, goods, property, esp. cattle, fr. L. capitals relating to the head, chief; because in early ages beasts constituted the chief part of a man's property. See Capital, and cf. Chattel.]

Freebase

  1. Cattle

    Cattle 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 primigenius. Cattle are raised as livestock for meat, as dairy animals for milk and other dairy products, and as draft animals. Other products include leather and dung for manure or fuel. In some countries, such as India, cattle are sacred. From as few as 80 progenitors domesticated in southeast Turkey about 10,500 years ago, an estimated 1.3 billion cattle are in the world today. In 2009, cattle became the first livestock animal to have a fully mapped genome.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cattle

    kat′l, n.pl. beasts of pasture, esp. oxen, bulls, and cows: sometimes also horses, sheep, &c.—ns. Catt′leman, one who tends cattle, or who rears them on a ranch; Catt′le-plague, plague or disease among cattle, esp. that known as rinderpest or steppe murrain; Catt′le-show, an exhibition or show of cattle or other domestic animals in competition for prizes. [O. Fr. catel, chatel—Low L. captale, orig. capital, property in general, then esp. animals—L. capitalis, chief—caput, the head, beasts in early times forming the chief part of property.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cattle

    Domesticated bovine animals of the genus Bos, usually kept on a farm or ranch and used for the production of meat or dairy products or for heavy labor.

Editors Contribution

  1. cattle

    Animals of the group Bos.

    Cattle are beautiful animals and they are created in various breeds, shapes, sizes and colors.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cattle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3766

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cattle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4202

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cattle' in Nouns Frequency: #1541

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cattle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cattle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cattle in a Sentence

  1. Talent Cele:

    I have to sell cattle to buy feed because we have been advised to reduce the numbers. But feed is expensive and I also want to plant maize to feed the cows but I cannot. It is too dry.

  2. Bacchan Lal:

    They agree to respect the ceasefire several times every year but then they violate it again. Every time people are killed, cattle perish and we end up in such camps, we are in camps for the second time this year. We don't want this uncertainty. We want permanent peace as we had 30 years ago.

  3. Don Close:

    We did not have supply and the only way we could mitigate the shortage was to make (cattle) bigger.

  4. Daudi Nangole:

    I was very afraid to come here before because angry farmers were killing our animals, but now cattle can roam freely.

  5. Lenie de Jong-van Naarden:

    Many people, among them the Frank girls, slept leaning against their mother or father; everyone was dead tired. And then the tension: what would happen next? Perhaps the train would crash? There might be a bombardment; we were hoping for that. (...) A lot of people slept. It was simply a death train. People died [while] underway, and there were many dead when we arrived. I believe that we were in those cattle cars for two days and nights. After the war someone asked me: "Didn't you get anything to eat?" No, we didn't get anything, absolutely nothing.

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