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1 Dec. 2018 — Knickers (cattle)

 

What is the singular form of "cattle"?

 

 

Knickers –– A very large steer

Knickers, a 6-foot-4-inch cattle in Australia, went unsold at an auction for slaughter because potential buyers said he wouldn’t fit in their farm equipment.

 

Read all options.
 

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No change. Keep cattle. 

Knickers, a 6-foot-4-inch cattle in Australia, went unsold at an auction for slaughter because potential buyers said he wouldn’t fit in their farm equipment.

2.

Change cattle to cow.

Knickers, a 6-foot-4-inch cattle in Australia, went unsold at an auction for slaughter because potential buyers said he wouldn’t fit in their farm equipment.

3.

Change cattle to steer.

Knickers, a 6-foot-4-inch steer in Australia, went unsold at an auction for slaughter because potential buyers said he wouldn’t fit in their farm equipment.

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Change cattle to bull.

Knickers, a 6-foot-4-inch bull in Australia, went unsold at an auction for slaughter because potential buyers said he wouldn’t fit in their farm equipment.

 

GLOSSARY

bull – a male that can reproduce sexually (cattle)

calf – a baby or young male or female (cattle)

cattle – the group name for cows, steers, heifers, bulls, calves, oxen

cowa mature female that has produced a calf (offspring)

gender – either a male or a female of a species

maturity – being of an age old enough to reproduce

heifer – a immature female that has not produced a calf  (cattle)

potential – possible, capable of being or becoming real

steer – a male castrated so that it cannot reproduce

 

SOURCE

"Knickers Isn’t a Cow, but He’s Real, and Enormous". By Daniel Victor, USMC. Associated Press, 28 Nov 2018. nytimes.com/2018/11/28/world/australia/such-a-big-steer.html?