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Kine

[kahyn]

Part of speech: noun (plural)

Origin: Middle English, date unknown

1.

Cows collectively.

Examples of Kine in a sentence

"The kine moved around the pasture."

"The farmer purchased a kine of 25 for a reasonable price."

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About Kine

This word stems from the genitive plural of the Middle English “kye,” meaning “cows.” From Old English “cy,” plural of “cu.”

Did you Know?

“Kine” holds the distinction of being the only plural word in the English language that shares no similar letters with its singular, cow. Of course, English has lots of irregular singular-plural noun pairings, such as “mouse-mice” and “foot-feet.”

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