Gelb·​vieh ˈgel(b)-ˌvē How to pronounce Gelbvieh (audio)
plural Gelbviehs or Gelbvieh
: any of a breed of medium to large, reddish-yellow, reddish-brown, or black, usually hornless, well-muscled cattle of docile temperament that are originally from southern Germany and are raised in the U.S. chiefly for meat production
American farmers mostly raise the Gelbvieh for beef, even though it possesses some dairy traits such as decent milk yield and good maternal care.John Pukite

Word History


borrowed from German, from gelb "yellow" (going back to Old High German gelw-, gelo) + Vieh "cattle," going back to Old High German fihu, fiho — more at yellow entry 1, fee entry 1

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gelbvieh was in 1971

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Cite this Entry

“Gelbvieh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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