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see cattlecattle,
name for the ruminant mammals of the genus Bos, and particularly those of the domesticated species, Bos taurus and B. indica. The term oxen, broadly used, refers also to closely related animals, such as the buffalo and the bison.
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Ox (Buffalo)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The Ox, or Buffalo, is one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. It refers to one of the 12 earthly branches, which are used in Chinese astrology, together with the 10 heavenly stems. Such a branch designates one day every 12 days: the days are named according to a sexagesimal (60) cycle, made of 10 series of 12 branches.

Reasonable, conservative, austere, taciturn, and materialistic, the Ox hates superficiality and polite conversation. A formidable worker with a will bordering on stubbornness and unlimited patience, his reasoning powers are amazingly effective, even if he may appear a little slow. His memory is surprising. He can be a leader; he is farsighted, independent, and determined, and he wants power. He is an excellent administrator. He also makes a very good, reliable, and responsible friend. Close to nature, he has a robust health, hearty appetites, and minimal romantic capacities.

—Michele Delemme

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What does it mean when you dream about an ox?

The ox symbolizes the strength and capacity to endure great hardship and toil. One is “as stubborn as an ox” when one’s tenacity is greater than one’s reason.

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exhibits fellow-feeling for comrades. [Medieval Animal Symbolism: White, 77–78]
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1. an adult castrated male of any domesticated species of cattle, esp Bos taurus, used for draught work and meat
2. any bovine mammal, esp any of the domestic cattle
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(language, tool)
A preprocessor, written by Kurt Bischoff of Iowa State University, that extends and generalises the syntax and semantics of Yacc, Lex, and C. Ox's support of LALR1 grammars generalises yacc in the way that attribute grammars generalise context-free grammars. It augments Yacc and Lex specifications with definitions of synthesised and inherited attributes written in C syntax. Ox checks these specifications for consistency and completeness, and generates a program that builds and decorates attributed parse trees. Ox accepts a most general class of attribute grammars. The user may specify postdecoration traversals for easy ordering of side effects such as code generation.

Latest version: G1.01, as of 1993-11-14.


Info: <ox-request@cs.iastate.edu>.

["User Manual for Ox: An Attribute-Grammar Compiling System based on Yacc, Lex and C", K.M. Bischoff, TR92-30, Iowa State U, Dec 1992].
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