American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a breed of beef or dairy cattle that originated in northern England, having short curved horns or no horns and usually red, white, or roan in color. Also called Durham2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a breed of cattle having very short horns. The breed originated in the beginning of the nineteenth century in the valley of the Tees in England, but is now spread over all the richly pastured districts of Great Britain. The cattle are easily fattened, and the flesh is of excellent quality, but for dairy purposes they are inferior to some other breeds. The word is often used adjectively: as, the shorthorn breed. Also called
Durhamand Teeswater. Encyc. Brit., I. 387.
- n. A new-comer; a greenhorn: as resembling a steer which, on account of the shortness of its horns, is not able to defend itself: opposed to longhorn.
- adj. Describing cattle that have distinctively short horns.
- n. One of a breed of cattle, originating in England, with distinctively short horns (in contrast to longhorn cattle).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. One of a breed of large, heavy domestic cattle having short horns. The breed was developed in England.
- n. English breed of short-horned cattle
“The 1913 type had two rectangular tail-planes and better seating arrangements, known affectionately as the "mechanical cow"; the same year came the first "shorthorn," with two tail-planes and a low nacelle.”
“This finally developed into the carefully streamlined "shorthorn" with the raised nacelle and a single tail-plane.”
“shorthorn," with two tail-planes and a low nacelle.”
“a beautiful beast, a thorough-bred "shorthorn," and she weighed about thirteen hundredweight.”
“In the rush of his retreat down the canyon slope, he had plunged into a bunch of shorthorn steers, who, far more startled than he, had rolled him on the forest floor, trampled over him in their panic, and smashed his rifle under their hoofs.”
“There was a woman -- on the great drift down out of Europe, a weary drift of many generations, when we brought into India the shorthorn cattle and the planting of barley.”
“But they were many, and we fled before them with our shorthorn cattle, our goats, and our barleyseed, our women and children.”
“With Scott on hand to turn back the cattle, Ridge made short work of separating the shorthorn cow and maneuvering her into the smaller pen.”
“He knew of the presence of the mountain lion, adrift down from Mendocino County, ere the first shorthorn calf was slain, and came home from the encounter, torn and bleeding, to attest what he had discovered and to be the cause of Harley Kennan riding trail next day with a rifle across his pommel.”
“If I wan't an ornery shorthorn at the business, I'd be accumulatin 'them rings on your fingers instead of being polite," he retorted.”
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