heif·​er | \ ˈhe-fər How to pronounce heifer (audio) \

Definition of heifer

: a young cow especially : one that has not had a calf

Examples of heifer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In about six months at a feedlot like Wrangler, a steer or heifer eats about 35 pounds of food a day (40 percent of which is moisture) and gains more than 3 pounds a day, reaching a typical market weight of more than 1,300 pounds. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 Simpler in implication, if not technique, is Jon-Joseph Russo’s sculpture of Jupiter and Io, a consensual lover transmuted into a heifer. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Exhibit upends male-centric myths, legends and folklore," 16 Oct. 2020 Among the dozens of instances in which e precedes i in uncapitalized words are this dozen: caffeine, counterfeit, deity, feisty, heifer, height, herein, leisure, protein, reign, seize and weird. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Under the spell of the rule ‘I before e, except after c’," 5 Sep. 2020 There are two primary offerings: one wearable that helps detect when a heifer is in heat, and another that senses when the cow is about to give birth. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Chickens Wearing Backpacks? Chickens Wearing Backpacks," 15 July 2020 Coyote Ridge will be represented at both events, of course, with Hampton Cornelius’ son, John, showing a heifer in the junior show. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "National Western Stock Show: Reputation of Weld County family’s Herefords spans the globe," 12 Jan. 2020 An additional 2,600 unloaded their heifers for what was supposed to be a multi-day event. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "Officials Knew Coronavirus Could Spread at the Houston Rodeo and Proceeded With the Event Anyway," 20 Apr. 2020 Instead of washing down the hill or sitting in an earthen pit, excrement from his heifers and calves is meticulously collected, held in a concrete-lined, fenced-off tank. Washington Post, "These farmers say they try to stem pollution, it’s expensive," 8 Feb. 2020 There are the African sulcata tortoise and the bearded dragon, the chinchillas and the rabbits and the hedgehog; the horse and the heifers, the chickens and ducks, and the mama goats about to kid. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With videos, phone calls and food deliveries, Milwaukee Public Schools teachers stay connected with families during shutdown," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of heifer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heifer

Middle English hayfare, from Old English hēahfore

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“Heifer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heifer. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heifer

: a young female cow especially : one that has not had a calf


heif·​er | \ ˈhe-fər How to pronounce heifer (audio) \

Kids Definition of heifer

: a young cow

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