Definitions

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

  • noun Any of a breed of beef or dairy cattle that originated in northern England, having short curved horns or no horns and a red, white, or roan coat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of a breed of cattle having very short horns.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective One of a breed of large, heavy domestic cattle having short horns. The breed was developed in England.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Describing cattle that have distinctively short horns.
  • noun One of a breed of cattle, originating in England, with distinctively short horns (in contrast to longhorn cattle).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun English breed of short-horned cattle

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Examples

  • This finally developed into the carefully streamlined "shorthorn" with the raised nacelle and a single tail-plane.

    The Aeroplane Speaks Fifth Edition

  • 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.

    The Aeroplane Speaks

  • This finally developed into the carefully streamlined "shorthorn" with the raised nacelle and a single tail-plane.

    The Aeroplane Speaks

  • "shorthorn," with two tail-planes and a low nacelle.

    The Aeroplane Speaks Fifth Edition

  • a beautiful beast, a thorough-bred "shorthorn," and she weighed about thirteen hundredweight.

    Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon

  • 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.

    Chapter 21

  • But they were many, and we fled before them with our shorthorn cattle, our goats, and our barleyseed, our women and children.

    Chapter 21

  • 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.

    Western Man

  • 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.

    Western Man

  • 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.

    CHAPTER XXXVI

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