from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Domestic animals, such as cattle or horses, raised for home use or for profit, especially on a farm.

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  • noun Farm animals; animals domesticated for cultivation.

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  • noun any animals kept for use or profit


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  • "Winter-feeding and selective breeding had continued to improve livestock so that by the close of the century animals had doubled in size since the Middle Ages. And there was plenty of it. Butchers' meat was around thruppence a pound at mid-century -- half the price of butter -- and the 80,000 cattle that were driven to market in London in 1750 was set to increase to nearer a hundred thousand by 1800. Unsurprisingly there were tourists who wrote that they did not 'believe that any Englishman who is his own master has ever eaten a dinner without meat'."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 216

    January 17, 2017