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Re: Flesh Eating Names

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 14:41
> > 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"?
> David McCann <david@...> wrote:
> 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.
There's also neatherd, i.e., a cowherd. Charlie