noun \ˈhōl-ˌstēn, -ˌstīn\

Definition of HOLSTEIN

:  any of a breed of large usually black-and-white dairy cattle originally from northern Holland and Friesland that produce large quantities of comparatively low-fat milk

Origin of HOLSTEIN

short for Holstein-Friesian
First Known Use: 1865


geographical name \ˈhōl-ˌstīn, -ˌstēn; ˈhl-ˌshtīn\

Definition of HOLSTEIN

region N Germany S of Jutland Peninsula adjoining Schleswig; once a duchy of Denmark, became a part of Prussia 1866 — see schleswig-holstein


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of large dairy cattle that originated in northern Holland and Friesland. Its chief characteristics are its large size and black-and-white-spotted markings, sharply defined rather than blended. Probably selected for their dairy qualities c. 2,000 years ago, they have long been distributed over the fertile lowlands of continental Europe. In the U.S., Holsteins outnumber all other dairy breeds and produce 90% of the milk supply. Their milk has a relatively low butterfat content.

Variants of HOLSTEIN

Holstein or Holstein-Friesian


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