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    "Sonnenbuehl, Germany: A Highland cattle stands in the snow "
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...ture=357447680

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgreaves View Post
    "Sonnenbuehl, Germany: A Highland cattle stands in the snow "
    http://www.guardian....cture=357447680
    This is a great Shaggy Cow or Bull Shot, but with harness and ear tag and a very contented and well-adapted appearance, I'm not sure it qualifies as either Wildlife or Endangered. It is probably worth a fortune and is treated like royalty, especially if it is for breeding or show purposes.

    Grammatically, no, you cannot say 'a cattle' and be correct: it has to be a cow or bull or heifer or calf or steer and so far as I know the English language lacks a generic noun for a single member of the class (say is this a sobriety test?)... Now you have me going in circles. It seems a good time to study diagrams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    Grammatically, no, you cannot say 'a cattle' and be correct:
    Thanks Peter. I asked in part because we have had our first snow here, and it takes Jupiter a few days to realise that the balcony isn't the same balcony we had last week.
    A ginger cattle stand in the snow, but only for about ten seconds, then he scoots back inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgreaves View Post
    Thanks Peter. I asked in part because we have had our first snow here, and it takes Jupiter a few days to realise that the balcony isn't the same balcony we had last week.
    A ginger cattle stand in the snow, but only for about ten seconds, then he scoots back inside.
    I must change my answer. You could say 'a bovine' and be correct, but bovine covers a lot of territory and oxtail soup (if made from ox tails).

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    And I am not going to ask where the term "Cowboy" comes from?
    Since COW is female, and a boy is male

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    ... say 'a bovine' and ...
    I thought bovine was an adjective, he said, with his bovine look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    Since COW is female, and a boy is male
    According to Pinker, if I got it right, the "cow" in this sense is adjectival, and hence without gender.

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