aurochs

EnglishEdit

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Augsburg depiction of an aurochs.

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

aurochs (plural aurochs or aurochses or aurochsen)[1]

  1. An extinct European mammal, Bos primigenius, the ancestor of domestic cattle.
  2. (zoology) The European bison (Bison bonasus, or Europæus).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language by David Crystal (1995, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521401798), page 200
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