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 The steaks of the future, we are promised, will be indistinguishable from the finest Wagyu or Black Angus of our dreams, though not one heifer will be slaughtered and not one acre of land spoiled by a feedlot. Nathaniel Rich, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Jan. 2020 An additional 2,600 unloaded their heifers for what was supposed to be a multi-day event. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, 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, 8 Feb. 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 15 Jun. 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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