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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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business of producing, processing, and distributing milk and milk products. Ninety percent of the world's milk is obtained from cows; the remainder comes from goats, buffaloes, sheep, reindeer, yaks, and other ruminants.
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a female horned bovine animal which has calved. A female that has not yet calved is called a heifer. Cows are used to reproduce cattle herds and to produce milk and meat. The term “cow” is sometimes applied to the females of some other large even-toed ungulate species, such as deer and moose.

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What does it mean when you dream about a cow?

The appearance of a cow in a dream may indicate passive, docile, or fertile aspects. It may also indicate nourishment and fulfillment if the cows are waiting to be milked. To dream of contentedly grazing cows usually signifies prosperity and happiness.

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A domestic bovine of any sex or age.
(vertebrate zoology)
A mature female cattle of the genus Bos.
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1. the mature female of any species of cattle, esp domesticated cattle
2. the mature female of various other mammals, such as the elephant, whale, and seal
3. any domestic species of cattle
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(Controlled Access Unit) An intelligent hub from IBM for Token Ring networks. Failed nodes are identified by the hub and reported via IBM's LAN Network Manager software.


A file system feature that makes modifications to separate copies of data when updating is required. Data being read are shared by pointers to one master set. However, when changes are made by one of the applications or users, a copy of the data is made, and the copy is updated. Eventually, the copy is written to the master set. Copy-on-write (COW) is used when data can be slightly out-of-date for a short period of time. See file system and Btrfs.
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In our dreams, this simple domestic animal can represent a variety of very important and deeply felt issues. In some cultures the cow is a sacred symbol, representing divine qualities of fertility, nourishment and motherhood. Consider the details in your dream and make attempts to identify the individual, (it could be you), to whom the symbolism applies. Additional characteristics to consider when interpreting a dream with cows as one of the primary symbols are passivity, docility, and general contentment with life. The cow is mostly a positive dream symbol, and superstition-based dream interpretations say that grazing cows are symbols of prosperity, contentment, and happiness.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Surveys suggest an average cow will drink 61 litres of water per day.
In category of bull, Abdul Rehma Gul's bull clinched the first position with weight of 980kg while Muhammad Nawaz's cow stood second with the weight of 935kg and Fiaz Ahmad's cow got the third position with 930kg.
The cow can be seen showing off its skills and kicking the ball with its nose, legs all around the field, failing several attempts of the boys to snatch the ball.
A video of a cow playing football in India won the internet this morning and garnered more than 600,000 views, and counting, on social media.
The money so collected shall be used for construction of temporary sheds or cow shelters in each rural and urban local body.
Firefighters were at the farm for more than three hours to try to rescue the cow, along with neighbours and a local vet.
About 100 milking cows are benefiting from the new cow welfare equipment and milking parlour improvements at Far Wortshill Farm, Slaithwaite.
In the video, Khim Hang, 74, who lives in the northeast Kratie province of Cambodia, is seen leading the cow to her one-storied house, giving it a proper bath and making a bed for it with pillows used by her late husband.
The Vasundhara Rajeled state government is all set to pay ` 70 for the upkeep of each cow per day and half the amount for calves.
Whether cow's milk is a better source than non-cow's milk of nutritional and caloric energy to a growing body has not been studied with rigor.
Components of Panchgavya viz., Cow Urine, Cow Dung (fresh), Cow curd, Cow ghee and Cow milk in addition of Dung + Urine (1:1), Dung + Urine (2:1), were screened againstR.