Calf vs Ox - What's the difference?

calf | ox |

Ox is a coordinate term of calf.

As nouns the difference between calf and ox

is that calf is a young cow or bull while ox is an adult castrated male of cattle (B. taurus.

As a proper noun Ox is

a Chinese constellation located near Capricorn, one of the 28 lunar mansions and part of the larger Black Turtle.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) cealf, from (etyl) .


  • A young cow or bull.
  • Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-coloured leather used in bookbinding.
  • A young elephant, seal or whale (also used of some other animals).
  • A chunk of ice broken off of a larger glacier, ice shelf, or iceberg.
  • (Kane)
  • A small island, near a larger island.
  • the Calf of Man
  • A cabless railroad engine.
  • (informal, dated) An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt.
  • * Drayton
  • some silly, doting, brainless calf
    Derived terms
    * * * *
    See also
    * cow * veal

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) kalfi, possibly derived from the same Germanic root as ().


  • (anatomy) The back of the leg below the knee.
  • The muscle in the back of the leg below the knee.
  • * 1988 , Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", , 47 (6): 28-34.
  • Sure, his calves are a little weak, but the rest of his physique is so overwhelming, he should place high.



    (wikipedia ox)


  • An adult castrated male of cattle (B. taurus )
  • Any bovine animal (tribe Bovini ) used as a beast of burden
  • Derived terms

    * grunting ox * have the black ox tread on one's foot * Indian ox * Japanese ox * Javan ox * musk ox * ox bile * ox bow * ox gall * ox pith * ox is in the ditch * ox ray *


    * Abenaki: (l) * Malecite-Passamaquoddy: (l) * Unami: ----