leg·​horn | \ ˈleg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce leghorn (audio) ; ˈle-ˌgȯrn, -gərn \

Definition of leghorn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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


geographical name
Leg·​horn | \ ˈleg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce Leghorn (audio) \
variants: or Italian Livorno \ lē-​ˈvȯr-​(ˌ)nō How to pronounce Livorno (audio) \

Definition of Leghorn (Entry 2 of 2)

commune and port on the Tyrrhenian Sea in the region of Tuscany, central Italy population 157,052

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Examples of leghorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Surprising egg industry facts," 29 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of leghorn


1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for leghorn


Leghorn, Italy

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“Leghorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leghorn. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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