A young male of the ox kind; especially, a common ox; a castrated taurine male from two to four years old. See the Note under Ox.

Origin: OE. Steer, AS. Steor; akin to D. & G. Stier a bull, OHG. Stior, Icel. Stjorr, jorr, Sw. Tjur, Dan. Tyr, Goth. Stiur, Russ. Tur', Pol. Tur, Ir. & Gael. Tarbh, W. Tarw, L. Taurus, Gr, Skr. Sthra strong, stout, AS. Stor large, Icel. Storr, OHG. Stri, stiuri. 168. Cf. Stirk, Taurine.

To castrate; said of male calves.

(01 Mar 1998)

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