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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OXEN

We'd have oxen roasted whole, an' honey—an'—but that's as fur as I can git.

Once it was so huge that three hundred yoke of oxen could hardly move it.

They also held the oxen's yokes, so that nobody or anything could rattle, or make any noise.

I go out at daybreak, driving the oxen to field, and I yoke them to the plough.

I must fill the bin of the oxen with hay, and water them, and carry out the dung.

A ploughland was as much land as one plough with oxen could plough in a year.

They held about five acres, but provided no oxen for the manorial plough-team.

With these were also granted 6,000 oxen accustomed to the plough, as well as supplies of seeds, &c.

We were told he should come this day in a wagon drawn by oxen, and here he is!

Attached to the oxen in any other way than by a yoke, the plough would be intolerable.

WORD ORIGIN

plural of ox, it is the only true continuous survival in Modern English of the Old English weak plural. OED reports oxes occurs 14c.-16c., "but has not survived."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR OXEN

bovine

nounmember of genus bos
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