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She showed a bovine apathy.
  belonging or related to the genus Bos (cattle, oxen, buffalo, etc.); or stupid and slow-moving like an ox
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bovine bovines
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  • She showed a bovine apathy.
  • According to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the meat industry generates more worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions than the transportation industry because of the nitrous oxide in manure and the methane that results from bovine digestion.
  • Mad cow disease is the common term for a brain-wasting disease in cattle called bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
  • What are you doing here, Your Bovine Majesty?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • I helped them in this by willfully taking on a muted bovine expression so as to avoid any undue attention.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Her voice soared over the clink of coffee cups and the soft bovine sounds of the ladies munching their dainties.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The saloonkeeper looked at him with a flat, heavy glance, a glance that showed full consciousness of agony, of injustice—and a stolid, bovine indifference.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This was not dangerous, for he rarely actually struck us at the table, but it was designed to show us all up as dull-witted, bovine females.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It widened and seemed to pause, suggesting tranquil bovine picnics: slow chewing and thoughtful contemplation of the infinite.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • She hated her face, her dull, stupid, bovine face, the vapid eyes, the red, shiny pimples, the nests of blackheads.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie

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  • And she believes that toxic injection of live bovine virus marked the beginning of Christa’s brain dysfunction.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • To compare myself with a bovine would be both ridiculous and insulting, but I’m as fit as ever, if that is what you are asking.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Apply yourselves, above all, to the amelioration of the soil, to good manures, to the development of the equine, bovine, ovine, and porcine races.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • And here they were, hunting aimless bovines, thought Lou.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Sometimes we only watched them from a distance, all too familiar with their wagging, bovine heads, their haggard shoulders, their rotted, ragged clothing.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Seabiscuit floated along in a state of contented, bovine torpor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • His soul was fattening and congealing into a gross grease, plunging ever deeper in its dull fear into a sombre threatening dusk while the body that was his stood, listless and dishonoured, gazing out of darkened eyes, helpless, perturbed, and human for a bovine god to stare upon.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The two sisters got down, big, bovine, in a flutter of cheap ribbons; one of them drew from the jumbled wagon bed a battered lantern, the other a worn broom.
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • Carol tried to stare them down but in face of the impishness of the boys and the bovine gaping of the men, she was embarrassed.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The shouts of cadremen rang through the hall, and the plebes, bovine and disoriented, moved without animation in a blind, stunned herd toward their seats.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • One perhaps was ursine chiefly, another feline chiefly, another bovine chiefly; but each was tainted with other creatures,—a kind of generalised animalism appearing through the specific dispositions.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The ox—we may venture to assert it on the authority of a great classic—is not given to use his teeth as an instrument of attack, and Tom was an excellent bovine lad, who ran at questionable objects in a truly ingenious bovine manner; but he had blundered on Philip’s tenderest point, and had caused him as much acute pain as if he had studied the means with the nicest precision and the most envenomed spite.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The boy breathed with steady, bovine calmness.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • It is a kind of bovine temperament.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The Lordsport men gazed on Theon with blank, bovine eyes, and he realized that they did not know who he was.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Some faces were toadlike, but others were birdlike, or bovine, while some bore a chillingly human physiognomy.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • When its call goes out, every bovine within hearing distance raises its head from grazing and moves toward the sound.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Though he bore a bull’s head upon his surcoat and horns upon his helm, Ser Forley could not have been less bovine.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • As a result, cattle are much bigger today; fewer cattle are sold; and most American beef cannot be exported to the European Union, where the use of bovine growth hormones has been banned.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • At the top of his bovine neck was the head of a man with short curly black hair, a beard done in ringlets Ancient Greek style, deep, mournful eyes behind bifocal glasses, and a mouth that seemed set in a permanent pout.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • When Asrat, whose bovine equanimity Hema believed came from having his cows sleep inside his hut at night, said one morning, "If only madam would buy corn feed, the milk would be so thick a spoon would stand up in it," she didn’t hesitate.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Now and then there was a new arrival; perhaps a slouching labourer, who, having eaten his supper, came out to look at the unusual scene with a slow bovine gaze, willing to hear what any one had to say in explanation of it, but by no means excited enough to ask a question.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Then, amid their laughter, the door opened, and several of the others came in—Eliza’s mother, a plain worn Scotchwoman, and Jim, a ruddy porcine young fellow, his father’s beardless twin, and Thaddeus, mild, ruddy, brown of hair and eye, bovine, and finally Greeley, the youngest, a boy with lapping idiot grins, full of strange squealing noises at which they laughed.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • In front of it, in a leather armchair, dozed the head counselor for Cabin Fifteen—a potbellied guy with unruly blond hair and a gentle bovine face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • And Cersei thought Lady Tanda tedious and hysterical, and Lollys a bovine lackwit.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • His bovine eyes gave me a look that said, You will never be one of us.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The man looked at her with a slow bovine gaze, without giving her any answer, for some seconds.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The mild radiance of a smile was a rare sight on a field-labourer’s face, and there was seldom any gradation between bovine gravity and a laugh.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • I was shocked to recognize one of the fighters: it was the firebrand, the student with the bovine eyes whom I had encountered in Genet’s hostel room.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The FDA banned such practices after evidence from Great Britain suggested that they were responsible for a widespread outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease."
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I would see one of the clumsy bovine-creatures who worked the launch treading heavily through the undergrowth, and find myself asking, trying hard to recall, how he differed from some really human yokel trudging home from his mechanical labours; or I would meet the Fox-bear woman’s vulpine, shifty face, strangely human in its speculative cunning, and even imagine I had met it before in some city byway.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The ox—we may venture to assert it on the authority of a great classic—is not given to use his teeth as an instrument of attack, and Tom was an excellent bovine lad, who ran at questionable objects in a truly ingenious bovine manner; but he had blundered on Philip’s tenderest point, and had caused him as much acute pain as if he had studied the means with the nicest precision and the most envenomed spite.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But that was too late too, the sister (the sisters were twins, born at the same time, yet either of them now gave the impression of being, encompassing as much living meat and volume and weight as any other two of the family) not yet having begun to rise from the chair, her head, face, alone merely turned, presenting to him in the flying instant an astonishing expanse of young female features untroubled by any surprise even, wearing only an expression of bovine interest.
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • Sir, she walks, she talks, she’s full of chalk, the lacteal fluid extracted from the female of the bovine species is highly prolific to the nth degree, sir," I answered by rote one of the formulae that passes for scholarship at military colleges.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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