What is the difference between taurus and bovine? Both words are from Latin and both words refers to cows or the cow family.

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    You mean taurine? it's an adjective, like bovine. The noun taurus is just the Latin word for 'bull'.
    – jlawler
    Feb 9, 2019 at 22:09

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Taurus is a proper name with little synchronic connection to cattle apart from usage of Latin in English for biological nomenclature and astrology, but bovine is an adjective which plainly means "related to cattle". Latin taurus probably derives from Greek ταῦρος, and is taken unmodified from Latin into English, whereas bovine is a fully nativized English word borrowed from French which got it from Late Latin bovinus.

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    Accent correction, ταῦρος.
    – TKR
    Feb 9, 2019 at 21:08
  • Oops, wrong language.
    – user6726
    Feb 9, 2019 at 21:18
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    *ϑawr- is a Mediterranean wander word, also in Semitic.
    – fdb
    Feb 10, 2019 at 13:16

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