noun \ˈleg-ˌhrn; ˈle-ˌgrn, -gərn\

Definition of LEGHORN

a :  a fine plaited straw made from an Italian wheat
b :  a hat of this straw
:  any of a Mediterranean breed of small hardy domestic chickens noted for their large production of white eggs

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Origin of LEGHORN

Leghorn, Italy
First Known Use: 1740


geographical name \ˈleg-ˌhrn\

Definition of LEGHORN

commune & port cen Italy in Tuscany on Tyrrhenian Sea pop 171,346

Variants of LEGHORN

Leg·horn or Italian Li·vor·no \lē-ˈvr-(ˌ)nō\


noun \ˈlegˌhrn, -eˌg-, -(ə)n, ˈlegə(r)n; with reference to fowls ˈlegə(r)n is usual in US & leˈg(ə)n oṙˈg- in Brit\

Full Definition of LEGHORN

a :  a fine plaited straw made from an Italian wheat that is usu. cut green and bleached <a terrific hat of natural leg{ast}horn — Lois Long>
b :  a hat or bonnet of this straw <had they new hats or last year's leg{ast}hornsAtlantic>
a Leghorn :  a Mediterranean breed of rather small hardy nonbroody domestic fowls having smooth yellow legs, white ear lobes, and rose or single combs, laying numbers of white eggs of good size, and occurring in several color varieties — see white leghorn
b or Leghorn -s :  any bird of this breed
-s :  a pale yellow that is deeper and slightly redder than ivory, redder and deeper than cream, and redder and less strong than straw yellow

Origin of LEGHORN

fr. Leghorn, Italy, its place of exportation

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of chicken that originated in Italy; the only Mediterranean breed of importance today. Of the 12 varieties, the single-comb white leghorn is more popular than all the other leghorns combined; the leading egg producer of the world, it lays white eggs and is kept in large numbers in England, Canada, Australia, and the U.S.


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