Definitions for: Beef


[n] cattle that are reared for their meat
[n] informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here"
[n] meat from an adult domestic bovine
[v] complain; "What was he hollering about?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Beef (b[=e]f), n. [OE. boef, befe, beef, OF. boef, buef,
F. b[oe]ef, fr. L. bos, bovis, ox; akin to Gr. boy^s, Skr.
g[=o] cow, and E. cow. See 2d Cow.]
1. An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common
species, B. taurus, including the bull, cow, and ox, in
their full grown state; esp., an ox or cow fattened for
food.

Note: [In this, which is the original sense, the word has a
plural, beeves (b[=e]vz).]

A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine.
--Milton.

2. The flesh of an ox, or cow, or of any adult bovine animal,
when slaughtered for food.

Note: [In this sense, the word has no plural.] ``Great meals
of beef.'' --Shak.

3. Applied colloquially to human flesh.


Beef, a.
Of, pertaining to, or resembling, beef.

Beef tea, essence of beef, or strong beef broth.

Synonyms: beef cattle, bellyache, bitch, boeuf, gripe, gripe, grouse, holler, kick, squawk, squawk

See Also: Aberdeen Angus, Angus, beef loin, beefalo, black Angus, Bos taurus, Bos taurus, bully beef, cattalo, cattle, cattle, Charolais, complain, corn beef, corned beef, cows, cows, cut of beef, Durham, Galloway, ground beef, hamburger, Hereford, kick, kine, kine, kvetch, longhorn, meat, objection, oxen, oxen, pastrami, plain, quetch, Santa Gertrudis, shorthorn, sound off, Texas longhorn, whiteface

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