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bovine (adj) of an ox or a cow; (of a person) dull, slow, and stupid.

'Bovine' literally means related to the cow or the ox. Bovine fodder means the food the cattle are fed on. Bovine diseases are diseases affecting cows and oxen. 'Bovine' as applied to a person means dull, stupid, and slow like a bull or a cow, and unexcited about anything. A person has bovine mentality when they are dull and stupid, slow to understand things, and keep working away at their tasks at their own slow pace.

  • Dr Smith's research on bovine diseases have saved cows and bulls from being blighted by serious diseases and helped develop medicines that can prevent or cure such diseases.
  • Of a bovine temperament, Celia, unlike other girls her age, has no appreciation of the active and smart side of life and goes steady at her unexciting tasks without any complaint.
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