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Matador painting

A matador fighting a bull

A bull was an Earth animal that was generally described as a male bovine. The term was used in contrary to the term cow, which generally referred to a female bovine.

The term "bullshit" was a colorful metaphor which referred to the manure produced by a bull. (Star Trek: First Contact; Star Trek) The term could also be abbreviated (or censored) to the similarly meaning "bull". (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

In ancient mythology, the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu told of how the two traveled into the desert near Uruk to confront the great bull of heaven, which had been killing men by the hundreds. Enkidu caught the bull by the tail, and Gilgamesh struck it with his sword, and together defeated the beast. (TNG: "Darmok")

In describing the individual that he knew as Lazarus, Captain James T. Kirk stated that "one minute he's at the point of death, the next, he's alive, well, strong as a bull," unaware that this difference was attributed to Lazarus trading places with anti-Lazarus. (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

The bull was also commonplace on the planet 892-IV, where former-gladiator-turned-peace-fanatic Flavius Maximus was referred to as being "as peaceful as a bull." (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

A cosmic cloud entity that consumed the planet Alondra was referred to as being "like a huge bull grazing here and there in the pasture of the universe." (TAS: "One of Our Planets Is Missing")

Morn once owned a painting of a matador that depicted the outcome of a bullfight. (DS9: "In the Cards", "Who Mourns for Morn?")

A bull was mentioned in the final draft script of ENT: "The Council", which likened a group of Xindi-Insectoid starships swarming around the Xindi primary weapon to "gnats around a bull."
Another scripted reference to a bull was in the revised final draft script of TOS: "Balance of Terror", which at one point called for Lieutenant Stiles to glower "with bull-like defiance," in response to the USS Enterprise facing seemingly imminent destruction by an oncoming Romulan plasma torpedo.

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