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 Ana Karen Barragán had expected to care for calves and heifers as an animal scientist at Harmony Grove Dairy in Georgia. Maria Perez, jsonline.com, "American farms recruit Mexican veterinarians for jobs as animal scientists — but the real work is milking cows and cleaning pens for low pay," 4 Dec. 2019 Working with live animals – including dogs, cats, and horses in addition to the titular heifer – presented its own set of challenges. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — “First Cow,” the latest film by," 28 Sep. 2019 Victoria Sky, 70, is an artist and musician who lives a few miles from Riverview’s second dairy and heifer raising operation — Turkey Creek Dairy — which is set to open this month, according to the company. Andrew Stern, NBC News, "Draining Arizona: Residents say corporate mega-farms are drying up their wells," 17 Sep. 2019 In the showmanship arena, judges are paying more attention to the handler than the heifer or lamb or steer. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Connecticut’s Fair Season Starts," 7 Aug. 2019 The cows—a native Dutch breed called Meuse Rhine Issel—are milked by robots, each heifer producing up to 25 liters (6.6 gallons) of milk per day. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The Dutch are subverting nature again—with floating dairy farms," 22 July 2019 And that goes for whether the animal is a 6-pound Rhode Island Red hen or a 1,500-pound Holstein heifer. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Connecticut’s Fair Season Starts," 7 Aug. 2019 McKenzie has been to the fair multiple times for her own projects and currently has a beef commercial heifer, pigs and a market lamb. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair continues educating future generations on agriculture," 29 July 2019 In the past three decades, the top four steer and heifer packers in our country have expanded their market share to 85%. Cory Booker For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Cory Booker: A handful of companies make most of our food. We need to end big food mergers," 25 July 2019

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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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14 Dec 2019

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“Heifer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heifer. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of heifer

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


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Kids Definition of heifer

: a young cow

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