American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A region and former duchy of northern Germany at the base of the Jutland Peninsula. It became a duchy under the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Empire in 1474 and was often controlled by Denmark in the years that followed.
- n. Any of a breed of large black and white dairy cattle originally developed in Friesland.
- n. A type of dairy cattle, distinctively colored in splotches of black and white.
- n. A breed of horse, thought to be the oldest of the warmblood breeds, used in show jumping.
- n. The region between the rivers Elbe and Eider, to the south of Schleswig, part of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
- n. A surname.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of a breed of cattle, originally from Schleswig-Holstein, valued for the large amount of milk produced by the cows. The color is usually black and white in irregular patches.
- n. a breed of dairy cattle from northern Holland
- From the animals' region of origin: the horses came from Schleswig-Holstein, the cows came from the area of Frisia and Holstein. (Wiktionary)
- After Holstein 1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Holstein is German, but the northern part of Schleswig, north of Fiensburg, is inhabited by Danes who are longing to join Denmark and who number about 200,000.”
“These people had their home in the country that is called Holstein and Jutland.”
“However, the only object of the Protocol is the fate of Holstein, which is decided upon --”
“The talks were also attended by Vice-Chancellor Guido Westerwelle of the FDP and Wolfgang Kubicki, leader of the FDP in Schleswig - Holstein, which is also ruled by a CDU-FDP coalition.”
“Commodore Fischer, had felt necessary to shift his broad pendant to the "Holstein," the second ship from the north flank.”
“Hitherto the difficulty of transit has been so great that we have only derived supplies of live stock from countries situated at a short distance, such as Holstein and Holland.”
“An affection for deep-fried steak known as "pitchfork fondue" and the occasional roadside oddity—like Salem Sue, a 38-foot fiberglass Holstein cow—doesn't hurt.”
“Earlier this week a learned friend and colleague of mine asked me if I was familiar with the fiction of Theodor Storm, the nineteenth-century German lawyer, man of letters, and committed advocate of the removal of his native Schleswig-Holstein from Danish hegemony.”
“The darkness was in early now, and she said she looked like a Holstein with her black and white jacket.”
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