Aurochs Definition

ourŏks, ôrŏks
noun
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.
American Heritage
An extinct, shaggy, long-horned wild ox of Eurasia: it is the ancestor of modern domestic cattle.
Webster's New World
An extinct European mammal, Bos primigenius, the ancestor of domestic cattle.
Wiktionary
(zoology) The European bison (Bison bonasus, or Europæus).
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Other Word Forms of Aurochs

Noun

Singular:
aurochs
Plural:
aurochsen, aurochses

Origin of Aurochs

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Obsolete German variant of German Auerochs from Middle High German ūrohse from Old High German ūrohso ūro aurochs ohso ox uks-en- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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