in USian english, when we give a job to a cow we start calling it an ox.

are there any other domesticated animals we call differently once we force them to labor on our behalf?


What about calling a cat a mouser does that apply?

I can also think of adjectives we put in front of the animal names to denote it has a job like guide dog, draft horse, service dog, milking cow, herding dog, guard dog ect. These aren't quite the same though as a full name change.

@blodeuwedd mouser is probably closest, yeah, but I still think "cat". When I see an ox team, I never think "cows" tbh.

@djsundog Dogs used for hunting (and maybe for pulling a sled?) become hounds.

@djsundog hmm, there are specific breeds of dogs called hounds that are primarily used for hunting. Not sure if that qualifies for your inquiry.

@djsundog what about mules, bred only for work because they can't reproduce?

@djsundog Draft horse, draught horse, dray horse, workhorse? These all have "horse" in 'em, though. But this is a really cool idea, I'll have to give it a think.

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@djsundog it might be that when they decide a bull (ie the male cow) is gonna be used for work instead of breeding, they castrate it, which makes it more docile/easy to work with. This sometimes leads to changes in musculature too so there are small biological differences, not just nominal ones! Disclaimer: have never worked on a farm, could be wrong, lmao

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