horse·​flesh ˈhȯrs-ˌflesh How to pronounce horseflesh (audio)
: horses considered especially with reference to riding, driving, or racing

Examples of horseflesh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Christian sources point to this only in a negative fashion, that is, the practice is explicitly banned for Christians in the north, presumably because this was previously a common practice (as well as the consumption of horseflesh, which had cultic significance). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2010 Alex stumbled back against the wall as a herd of stampeding horses thundered out of the table, bursting into the room in a seething mass of black horseflesh. Nick Romano,, 12 Dec. 2022 Elizabeth’s remedies for depression or bad times were work, fresh air and horseflesh. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 These informal gatherings evolved into competitions between different ranches that drew ever-larger crowds and increasingly took on a carnival atmosphere—the sounds of animals, the roars of the crowd, the odor of sweat and horseflesh. Chris La Tray, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 Within a decade of his death, Angelenos were jilting horseflesh contests for horsepower. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Co-owner of Variety Wholesalers, a company whose more than 400 retail outlets include two Roses discount stores in Louisville, Pope has stocked her stable with some of the priciest horseflesh in the hemisphere. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 But trains, those huge cars carrying hundreds of times more weight than horseflesh can, beckoned felons from the highways to the railroad tracks. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 In a sport where success is often self-perpetuating, in which hot trainers tend to be entrusted with ever-pricier horseflesh, Cox has moved far enough up the ladder to see the promised land. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 6 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horseflesh was in the 15th century

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“Horseflesh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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