noun \ˈer-ˌshir, -shər; ˈash-ˌir\

Definition of AYRSHIRE

:  any of a breed of hardy dairy cattle developed in Ayr and usually marked with blotches of red or brown with white

Origin of AYRSHIRE

Ayrshire, Scotland
First Known Use: 1856


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of hardy dairy cattle (see dairy farming) that originated in the county of Ayr, Scotland, in the late 18th century. It is considered the only special dairy breed to have originated in the British Isles. Its body colour varies from almost pure white to nearly all cherry red or brown. Exported widely to other countries, it is especially common in Great Britain, the U.S., and Canada.


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