In a crossword game, a dictionary defined "ox" as a castrated male of the genus Bos. What's the word for one uncastrated (and for a female)?

Same dictionary says it "oxen" is the "only survivor … of the old English weak plural." Is "children" a fake survivor?

  • And how in the world did the dupe finder suggest english.stackexchange.com/questions/40516/… as a possible duplicate?!? – WGroleau May 8 '17 at 9:52
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    The automated duplicate finder is not intelligent. "With all" is common to both titles, and I guess that's enough. – Andrew Leach May 8 '17 at 10:33
  • Thanks, @AndrewLeach — I missed that. The dupe finder is definitely not intelligent. It almost never suggests a duplicate for me, but after I post, there are often duplicates in the "related" sidebar. – WGroleau May 8 '17 at 10:45
  • I would buy a new dictionary, that one is obviously broken. – Chenmunka May 8 '17 at 11:17
  • ODO gives a more realistic treatment, with the 'castrated' caveat only applicable to one sense. A typical example of the polysemy-with-hyponymy problem not uncommon in English. – Edwin Ashworth May 8 '17 at 12:39

The male is a bull and the female is a cow. Cattle, used as the plural, refers to both male and female.

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