Origin of aurochsGerman auerochs ; from Old High German ?rohso ; from ?r, aurochs (; from Indo-European base an unverified form wer-, damp from source urine and amp; names of male animals, as Classical Latin verres, boar, Sanskrit v??abhá?, bull) + ohso, ox
- A wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia that became extinct in the 17th century and is believed to be the ancestor of domestic cattle. Also called urus.
- See wisent.
Origin of aurochsObsolete German, variant of German Auerochs, from Middle High German &umacron;rohse, from Old High German &umacron;rohso : &umacron;ro, aurochs + ohso, ox; see uks-en- in Indo-European roots.
(plural aurochs or aurochses or aurochsen)
- An extinct European mammal, Bos primigenius, the ancestor of domestic cattle.
- (zoology) The European bison (Bison bonasus, or Europæus).
From German Aurochs, an early variant of Auerochse, from Middle High German ūrochse "aurochs" from Old High German ūrohso "aurochs", a compound consisting of ūro "aurochs" (from Proto-Germanic *ūraz, *ūrô (“aurochs”)) + ohso "ox". Akin to Old English ūr "aurochs", Old Norse úrr (“aurochs”), Middle Low German ūrosse "aurochs", Old English oxa "ox". More at ox.