Cattle definition

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Ruminant mammals of the genus Bos that have been domesticated and are often raised for meat and dairy products. Cows, steers, bulls, and oxen are cattle.
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Domesticated oxen collectively; esp., cows, bulls, and steers.
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Domesticated bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc).

Do you want to raise cattle?

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People in the mass.
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(archaic) Farm animals collectively; livestock.
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The definition of cattle means a group of cows or other livestock.

The herd of cows in the field is an example of cattle.

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(uncountable, rare) Used in restricted contexts to refer to the meat derived from cattle.
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Any of various domesticated ruminant mammals of the genus Bos, including cows, steers, bulls, and oxen, often raised for meat and dairy products.
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(pejorative, figuratively) People who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny.
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1684, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England, published 1856.

1684 July. Mistris Dorothy Gray, Adminnestratrix of the Goods and Cattles of Mr Edward Gray, late of Plymouth, deceased, […]

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Similar wild or domesticated bovine animals, such as anoas or gaurs.
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Any of various similar wild or domesticated bovine mammals, such as the anoa or the gaur.
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Humans, especially when viewed contemptuously or as a mob.
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Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses.
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Origin of cattle

  • Middle English catel property, livestock from Old North French from Old Provençal capdal from Medieval Latin capitāle holdings, funds from neuter of Latin capitālis principal, original from caput head kaput- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English catel, from Anglo-Norman catel (“personal property”), from Old Northern French (compare French cheptel, Old French chetel, chatel, also English chattel) from Medieval Latin capitāle, from Latin capitālis (“of the head”), from caput (“head”) + -alis (“-al”).

    From Wiktionary