American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- See Livorno.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine kind of plait for bonnets and hats made in Tuscany from the straw of a peculiar variety of wheat, Triticum vulgare (turgi-dum), thickly sown, cut green, and bleached: so named because exported from Leghorn.
- n. A bonnet or hat made of this material.
- n. [capitalized] An important breed of the common domestic fowl, of the Spanish type, characterized by great activity and rather small size, high, serrated comb, drooping to one side in the hen, and white ear-lobes. The chief varieties are the brown (colored like black-breasted red games), and the white, dominique or cuckoo, and black Leghorns, all but the last having yellow legs and beak. The Leghorns are noted as being perhaps the most prolific layers of all poultry.
- Pertaining to or brought from the city of Leghorn; also, made of or relating to Leghorn straw: as, a Leghorn bonnet or hat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A straw plaiting used for bonnets and hats, made from the straw of a particular kind of wheat, grown for the purpose in Tuscany, Italy; -- so called from Leghorn, the place of exportation.
- n. a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
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