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Definition belonging or related to the genus Bos (cattle, oxen, buffalo, etc.); or stupid and slow-moving like an ox
  • 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.
  • She showed a bovine apathy.
  • bovine = stupid and slow-moving like an ox or cow
  • Mad cow disease is the common term for a brain-wasting disease in cattle called bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
  • 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
  • bovine = cow-like
  • It widened and seemed to pause, suggesting tranquil bovine picnics: slow chewing and thoughtful contemplation of the infinite.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • bovine = cow
  • 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
  • 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
  • It is a kind of bovine temperament.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • 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
  • And here they were, hunting aimless bovines, thought Lou.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • 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
  • The boy breathed with steady, bovine calmness.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She hated her face, her dull, stupid, bovine face, the vapid eyes, the red, shiny pimples, the nests of blackheads.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seabiscuit floated along in a state of contented, bovine torpor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit

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