from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. English breed of short-horned cattle


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  • 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.

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

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

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

    Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon

  • 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.

    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

  • 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.

    To Kill a Man


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