from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various brown and white dairy cattle of a breed that originated in Ayr, Scotland.
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- proper n. A traditional county in Scotland.
- n. One of a breed of cattle from Ayrshire, Scotland, notable for the quantity and quality of their milk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a superior breed of cattle from Ayrshire, Scotland. Ayrshires are notable for the quantity and quality of their milk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of a county in Scotland, used to distinguish a breed of medium-sized cattle, with short incurved horns, originating in that county and largely bred for dairy purposes. The general color is reddish brown, more or less mixed with white.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hardy breed of dairy cattle from Ayr, Scotland
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And it is the latter, I would argue, most of all which make SF the type of fiction which can help a 14-year old kid in Ayrshire come to terms with his sexuality, or show another kid from the Deep South that the prejudice and bigotry of his peers is small-minded nonsense.
Down in Ayrshire in the land of Burns and Bonnie Doon I need not dwell on the historic and poetical associations of the country.
Alas, for me! she it was that gave me the roof under which my baby was born; she it was who, when the Southron soldiers slew my father, and drove us from our home in Ayrshire, gave to my old mother, and my then wounded husband, our cottage by the burnside.
Between May 2003 and October 2004 he asked only one written parliamentary question: a query placed for him by ministers about a wind farm in Ayrshire.
That monarch invaded Scotland, with a large army, and drew up his forces before Largs, a town in Ayrshire.
The mountainous province of Carrick produced robust men; the rich plains of Kyle reared the famous breed of cattle now generally termed the Ayrshire breed; and Cunningham was a good arable district.
Hadyardhill in South Ayrshire, which is owned by SSE Renewables, was given £140,000 to stop producing energy, while Blacklaw windfarm in Lanarkshire - also owned by Scottish Power - was given £130,000.
After a ruinous stock sale of 1753, Mr. and Mrs. William Borthwick retired to the coastal town of Irvine in North Ayrshire, where, in somewhat reduced circumstances, he practiced, it is said, as a “tide waiter” or coastal customs inspector.
Pearson, Kilmany Park, at ‘Craigends,’ Ayrshire, 1912, shortly after she and her family arrived for an extended stay in Britain before World War I.
Woodside Castle, also in Ayrshire, has five tower bedrooms, five principle bedrooms and a dungeon, plus four reception rooms.