Etymology
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oxen (n.)

plural of ox, it is the only true continuous survival in Modern English of the Old English weak plural (see -en (1)). OED reports oxes occurs 14c.-16c., "but has not survived."

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Definitions of oxen

oxen (n.)
domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible;
a team of oxen
Synonyms: cattle / cows / kine / Bos taurus
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