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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"
Domesticated bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc).
Do you want to raise cattle?
Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses.
People who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny.
goods and cattle
Etymology: From catel, from catel, from capitale, from capitalis, from caput 'head' + -alis '-al'.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Mandeville uses catele for price.
Etymology: a word of very common use, but of doubtful or unknown etymology. It is derived by Stephen Skinner, Gilles Ménage, and Henry Spelman, from capitalia, quæ ad caput pertinent; personal goods: in which sense chattels is yet used in our law.
Make poor men’s cattle break their necks. William Shakespeare, T. Andr.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind. Gen. i. 25.
Boys and women are for the most part cattle of this colour. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
Cattle (Bos taurus) are large, domesticated, cloven-hooved, herbivores. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae and the most widespread species of the genus Bos. Adult females are referred to as cows and adult males are referred to as bulls. Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat (beef or veal, see beef cattle), for milk (see dairy cattle), and for hides, which are used to make leather. They are used as riding animals and draft animals (oxen or bullocks, which pull carts, plows and other implements). Another product of cattle is their dung, which can be used to create manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious significance. Cattle, mostly small breeds such as the Miniature Zebu, are also kept as pets. Different types of cattle are common to different geographic areas. Taurine cattle are found primarily in Europe and temperate areas of Asia, the Americas, and Australia. Zebus (also called indicine cattle) are found primarily in India and tropical areas of Asia, America, and Australia. Sanga cattle are found primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. These types (which are sometimes classified as separate species or subspecies) are further divided into over 1,000 recognized breeds. Around 10,500 years ago, taurine cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 wild aurochs progenitors in central Anatolia, the Levant and Western Iran. A separate domestication event occurred in the Indian subcontinent, which gave rise to zebu. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are approximately 1.5 billion cattle in the world as of 2018. Cattle are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, and are responsible for around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome.
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.]
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
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
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.
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
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cattle is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Cattle surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cattle.
77.5% or 83 total occurrences were White.
15.8% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cattle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3766
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cattle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4202
Rank popularity for the word 'cattle' in Nouns Frequency: #1541
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The numerical value of cattle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of cattle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of cattle in a Sentence
what society dictates, we consume, cattle gathering around learning devices called television, mouths opening wider while addictive morsels of consumerism are violently jammed into us and we lose more bits and pieces of our collective identity daily.
glazed eyes staring stupid looking at nothing and seeing everything born of and into ignorance what society dictates we consume cattle gathering around learning devices called television
They devoted the city to the lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it - men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
The summit was more show than substance, what the Texans call' all cattle, no hat,' in past agreements with North Korea, the United States won far stronger language on denuclearization, and we won specific measures to ensure that North Korea was taking steps in that direction.
I was very afraid to come here before because angry farmers were killing our animals, but now cattle can roam freely.
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- مواشي, ماشيةArabic
- добѝтък, гове́до, говѐдоBulgarian
- bestiarCatalan, Valencian
- dobytek, skotCzech
- скотъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Kühe, Vieh, Rinder, RindviehGerman
- βοοειδή, βόδια, κοπάδι, πρόβαταGreek
- kariloomad, veisedEstonian
- karja, lauma, nautakarjaFinnish
- kijWestern Frisian
- eallach, beithígh, buarIrish
- crodhScottish Gaelic
- տավար, [[խոշոր]] [[եղջերավոր]] [[անասուն]]Armenian
- bovini, bestiameItalian
- 牛, 家畜, 畜牛Japanese
- lembu, sapi, cewe bokMalay
- vee, rundvee, beestenDutch
- kveg, krøtter, buskap, storfeNorwegian
- béégashiiNavajo, Navaho
- ralé, bovino, gadoPortuguese
- muvel, muaglia, movel, biestgaRomansh
- vite, bovineRomanian
- скоти́на, кру́пный рога́тый скот, скот, бы́длоRussian
- govedo, говедоSerbo-Croatian
- boskap, nötkreaturSwedish
- davar, sığırTurkish
- би́дло, скоти́наUkrainian
- gia súcVietnamese
- bubem, smalaveter, veterVolapük
- rodjès biesses, bovrins, vatches, grossès biessesWalloon
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