Cattle

Along with the “chattel”, this word ultimately comes from Latin capitale: goods, property, principal, as compared to interest.  I’m interested that the singular form, a cattle, has been used historically.  While in the 14th and 15th centuries the word referred to any livestock, its exclusively bovine connotation arose thereafter.

  • 07.023 and as a man he keeps cattle
  • 14.025 and cattle

“cattle, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2016. Web. 19 June 2016.

“chattel, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2016. Web. 19 June 2016.

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