Definitions of cattle

  1. domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "so many head of cattle"; "wait till the cows come home"; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible; "a team of oxen" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Quadrupeds of the Bovine family; sometimes, also, including all domestic quadrupeds, as sheep, goats, horses, mules, asses, and swine. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Domesticated bovine animals usually kept on a farm or ranch and used for the production of meat or dairy products or for heavy labor. Medical Dictionary DB
  4. Live stock, especially oxen, bulls, and cows. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Beasts of pasture, esp. oxen, bulls, and cows; sometimes also horses, sheep. etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Beasts of pasture. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Domesticated bovine animals; formerly any live stock kept for use or profit, as horses, camels, sheep, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Human beings; said contemptuously. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Beasts of pasture, especially oxen, bulls, and cows. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Quadrupeds, being domestic animals used for labour or for food-more especially applied to oxen, bulls, and cows. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. abounded in the Holy Land. To the rearing and management of them the inhabitants chiefly devoted themselves ( Deuteronomy 8:13 ; 12:21 ; 1 Samuel 11:5 ; 12:3 ; Psalms 144:14 ; Jeremiah 3:24 ). They may be classified as, Neat cattle. Many hundreds of these were yearly consumed in sacrifices or used for food. The finest herds were found in Bashan, beyond Jordan ( Numbers 32:4 ). Large herds also pastured on the wide fertile plains of Sharon. They were yoked to the plough ( 1 Kings 19:19 ), and were employed for carrying burdens ( 1 Chronicles 12:40 ). They were driven with a pointed rod ( Judges 3:31 ) or goad (q.v.). According to the Mosaic law, the mouths of cattle employed for the threshing-floor were not to be muzzled, so as to prevent them from eating of the provender over which they trampled ( Deuteronomy 25:4 ). Whosoever stole and sold or slaughtered an ox must give five in satisfaction ( Exodus 22:1 ); but if it was found alive in the possession of him who stole it, he was required to make double restitution only ( 22:4 ). If an ox went astray, whoever found it was required to bring it back to its owner ( 23:4 ; Deuteronomy 22:1 Deuteronomy 22:4 ). An ox and an ass could not be yoked together in the plough ( Deuteronomy 22:10 ). biblestudytools.com
  12. abounded in the Holy Land. To the rearing and management of them the inhabitants chiefly devoted themselves ( Deuteronomy 8:13 ; 12:21 ; 1 Samuel 11:5 ; 12:3 ; Psalms 144:14 ; Jeremiah 3:24 ). They may be classified as, Small cattle. Next to herds of neat cattle, sheep formed the most important of the possessions of the inhabitants of Palestine ( Genesis 12:16 ; 13:5 ; 26:14 ; 21:27 ; Genesis 29:2 Genesis 29:3 ). They are frequently mentioned among the booty taken in war ( Numbers 31:32 ; Joshua 6:21 ; 1 Samuel 14:32 ; 15:3 ). There were many who were owners of large flocks ( 1 Samuel 25:2 ; 2 Sam 12:2 , Compare Job 1:3 ). Kings also had shepherds "over their flocks" ( 1 Chronicles 27:31 ), from which they derived a large portion of their revenue ( 2 Samuel 17:29 ; 1 Chronicles 12:40 ). The districts most famous for their flocks of sheep were the plain of Sharon ( Isaiah 65: : 10 ), Mount Carmel ( Micah 7:14 ), Bashan and Gilead ( Micah 7:14 ). In patriarchal times the flocks of sheep were sometimes tended by the daughters of the owners. Thus Rachel, the daughter of Laban, kept her father's sheep ( Genesis 29:9 ); as also Zipporah and her six sisters had charge of their father Jethro's flocks ( Exodus 2:16 ). Sometimes they were kept by hired shepherds ( John 10:12 ), and sometimes by the sons of the family ( 1 Samuel 16:11 ; 17:15 ). The keepers so familiarized their sheep with their voices that they knew them, and followed them at their call. Sheep, but more especially rams and lambs, were frequently offered in sacrifice. The shearing of sheep was a great festive occasion ( 1 Samuel 25:4 ; 2 Sam 13:23 ). They were folded at night, and guarded by their keepers against the attacks of the lion ( Micah 5:8 ), the bear ( 1 Samuel 17:34 ), and the wolf ( Matthew 10:16 ; John 10:12 ). They were liable to wander over the wide pastures and go astray ( Psalms 119:176 ; Isaiah 53:6 ; Hosea 4:16 ; Matthew 18:12 ). Goats also formed a part of the pastoral wealth of Palestine ( Genesis 15:9 ; 32:14 ; 37:31 ). They were used both for sacrifice and for food ( Deuteronomy 14:4 ), especially the young males ( Genesis 27:9 Genesis 27:14 Genesis 27:17 ; Judges 6:19 ; 13:15 ; 1 Samuel 16:20 ). Goat's hair was used for making tent cloth ( Exodus 26:7 ; 36:14 ), and for mattresses and bedding ( 1 Samuel 19:13 1 Samuel 19:16 ). (See GOAT .) These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Cattle". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  13. kat'l, n.pl. beasts of pasture, esp. oxen, bulls, and cows: sometimes also horses, sheep, &c.--ns. CATT'LEMAN, one who tends cattle, or who rears them on a ranch; CATT'LE-PLAGUE, plague or disease among cattle, esp. that known as rinderpest or steppe murrain; CATT'LE-SHOW, an exhibition or show of cattle or other domestic animals in competition for prizes. [O. Fr. catel, chatel--Low L. captale, orig. capital, property in general, then esp. animals--L. capitalis, chief--caput, the head, beasts in early times forming the chief part of property.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Live stock; oxen (as c. & sheep); (slang) horses; black c., oxen of Scotch& Welsh highland breeds, orig. black; contemptible persons; c.-feeder, machine regulating amount of food for c.; c.-leader, nose-ring; c.-lifter, c.-stealer; c.-PEN; c.-piece, picture with c.; c.-plague, contagious disease of c., rinderpest. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. Beasts of pasture, not wild nor domestick. Complete Dictionary

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