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COW. In a penal statute which mentions both cows and beefer's, it was held that by the term cow, must be understood one that had a calf. 2 East, P. C. 616; 1 Leach, 105.

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Where a brook glistened brightly across the path, there the cow drank, and breathed a comfortable sigh, and drank again.
I do believe," thought Cadmus, "that this may be the cow that was foretold me.
Whether it were the oracular cow or some other one, it did not seem reasonable that she should travel a great way farther.
She picked up the leg sulkily and led her cow away, the poor animal limping on three legs.
Then the Sea Cow began to travel northward very slowly, stopping to hold absurd bowing councils from time to time, and Kotick followed them, saying to himself, "People who are such idiots as these are would have been killed long ago if they hadn't found out some safe island.
Kotick followed, and the pace astonished him, for he never dreamed that Sea Cow was anything of a swimmer.
No one but a sea cow or a seal would have dreamed of there being such a place, and when he looked back at the cliffs even Kotick could hardly believe that he had been under them.
She sat for a long while thus, while the child cried, the cow lowed to be milked, and I wiped up the blood with the grass.
Long thatched sheds stretched round the enclosure, their slopes encrusted with vivid green moss, and their eaves supported by wooden posts rubbed to a glossy smoothness by the flanks of infinite cows and calves of bygone years, now passed to an oblivion almost inconceivable in its profundity.
Meantime he began to be tired, and hungry too, for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow.
I smile with joy at seeing him still alive, and I weep to think of his mother, who was sacrificed yesterday as a cow.
For instance, in the case already mentioned; they never desire to know what claim or title my adversary has to my cow; but whether the said cow were red or black; her horns long or short; whether the field I graze her in be round or square; whether she was milked at home or abroad; what diseases she is subject to, and the like; after which they consult precedents, adjourn the cause from time to time, and in ten, twenty, or thirty years, come to an issue.