leghorn

noun

leg·​horn ˈleg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce leghorn (audio)
ˈle-ˌgȯrn,
-gərn
1
a
: a fine plaited straw made from an Italian wheat
b
: a hat of this straw
2
: any of a Mediterranean breed of small hardy domestic chickens noted for their large production of white eggs

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Most Common Breed of Egg-Laying Chicken is the White Leghorn The breed was first imported to America in 1828 from the Italian port city of Livorno; leghorn is an anglicization of the city's name. Fox News, 29 Oct. 2015

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Word History

Etymology

Leghorn, Italy

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of leghorn was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Leghorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leghorn. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

leghorn

noun
leg·​horn ˈleg-ˌ(h)ȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce leghorn (audio)
ˈleg-ərn
1
a
: a fine plaited straw made from an Italian wheat
b
: a hat of this straw
2
: any of a Mediterranean breed of small hardy domestic chickens noted for their ability to produce many white eggs

Geographical Definition

Leghorn

geographical name

Leg·​horn ˈleg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce Leghorn (audio)
variants or Italian Livorno
commune and port on the Tyrrhenian Sea in the region of Tuscany, central Italy population 157,052

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