Cow vs. Buffalo - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Cow

    Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus. Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat (beef and veal), as dairy animals for milk and other dairy products, and as draft animals (oxen or bullocks that pull carts, plows and other implements). Other products include leather and dung for manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious meaning. Around 10,500 years ago, cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 progenitors in southeast Turkey. According to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome. Some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth, and cattle raiding consequently one of the earliest forms of theft.

Wiktionary

  • Cow (noun)

    An adult female of the species Bos taurus that has calved.

  • Cow (noun)

    Any member of the species Bos taurus regardless of calves.

  • Cow (noun)

    Beef: the meat of cattle as food.

  • Cow (noun)

    Any bovines or bovids generally, including yaks, buffalo, etc.

  • Cow (noun)

    A female member of other large species of mammal, including the bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.

  • Cow (noun)

    A woman considered unpleasant in some way, particularly one considered nasty, stupid, fat, lazy, or difficult.

  • Cow (noun)

    A chock: a wedge or brake used to stop a machine or car.

  • Cow (verb)

    To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of.

    "Con artists are not cowed by the law."

  • Buffalo (noun)

    Any of the Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the Cape buffalo, noshow=1, or the water buffalo noshow=1.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    A related North American animal, the American bison, Bison bison.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    A buffalo robe.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    The buffalo fish.

  • Buffalo (verb)

    To hunt buffalo.

  • Buffalo (verb)

    To outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.

  • Buffalo (verb)

    To pistol-whip.

Webster Dictionary

  • Cow (noun)

    The mature female of bovine animals.

  • Cow (noun)

    The female of certain large mammals, as whales, seals, etc.

  • Cow (noun)

    A chimney cap; a cowl

  • Cow (noun)

    A wedge, or brake, to check the motion of a machine or car; a chock.

  • Cow

    To depress with fear; to daunt the spirits or courage of; to overawe.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    A species of the genus Bos or Bubalus (Bubalus bubalus), originally from India, but now found in most of the warmer countries of the eastern continent. It is larger and less docile than the common ox, and is fond of marshy places and rivers.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    A very large and savage species of the same genus (Syncerus Caffer syn. Bubalus Caffer) found in South Africa; - called also Cape buffalo.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    Any species of wild ox.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    The bison of North America.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    A buffalo robe. See Buffalo robe, below.

  • Buffalo (noun)

    The buffalo fish. See Buffalofish, below.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Cow (noun)

    female of domestic cattle:

    "`moo-cow' is a child's term"

  • Cow (noun)

    mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'

  • Cow (noun)

    a large unpleasant woman

  • Cow (verb)

    subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)

  • Buffalo (noun)

    large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains

  • Buffalo (noun)

    a city on Lake Erie in western New York (near Niagara Falls)

  • Buffalo (noun)

    meat from an American bison

  • Buffalo (noun)

    any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo

  • Buffalo (verb)

    intimidate or overawe

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