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Re: Flesh Eating Names

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 21:49
On Mon, 2008-10-13 at 14:42 -0400, Mark J, Read wrote:

> On an only-vaguely-related note, what's the sex-neutral term in > English for a "bull"/"cow"/bovine thingy? I read somewhere once that > "ox" used to fill that role before being co-opted to refer to a > different subcategory of the same species. What's the singular of > "cattle"?
Neat. It's mostly dialect these days -- they call a cowshed a neathouse on the Suffolk-Norfolk border -- but neat's-foot oil and neat's tongue are generally known. But you're right about "ox" originally being usable in that sense; indeed, it still is, though mostly in compounds like ox-tongue, ox-hide, ox-pecker.