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2 definitions found
 for Bos taurus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beef \Beef\ (b[=e]f), n. [OE. boef, befe, beef, OF. boef, buef,
     F. b[oe]ef, fr. L. bos, bovis, ox; akin to Gr. boy^s, Skr.
     g[=o] cow, and E. cow. See 2d Cow.]
     1. An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common
        species, Bos taurus, including the bull, cow, and ox, in
        their full grown state; esp., an ox or cow fattened for
        food.
  
     Note: [In this, which is the original sense, the word has a
           plural, beeves (b[=e]vz).]
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine.
                                                    --Milton.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The flesh of an ox, or cow, or of any adult bovine animal,
        when slaughtered for food.
  
     Note: [In this sense, the word has no plural.] "Great meals
           of beef." --Shak.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Applied colloquially to human flesh.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Bos taurus
      n 1: 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" [syn: cattle, cows, kine, oxen, Bos taurus]

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