live·​stock | \ ˈlīv-ˌstäk How to pronounce livestock (audio) \

Definition of livestock

: animals kept or raised for use or pleasure especially : farm animals kept for use and profit

Examples of livestock in a Sentence

a market where livestock are bought and sold a market where livestock is bought and sold

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Bobcats: Twenty to 50 inches long, these big cats rarely attack humans, but sometimes turn to livestock or pets for food. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "A Desert Home Design Inspired by Paperweights," 8 Nov. 2018 If barley becomes too scarce, more of it will be funneled to livestock, since beer is technically a luxury good. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Barley shortages from climate change could mean less beer worldwide," 15 Oct. 2018 All the while, vultures are still doing damage to the livestock. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 The militant group has reportedly issued a general directive banning plastic bags, and gave environmental and health risks to the livestock as reasons for taking the move. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Al Qaeda-Backed Terrorist Group Has a New Target: Plastic Bags," 4 July 2018 ViaGen is the only animal cloning company in the U.S. to clone pets in addition to livestock, according to Melain Rodriguez, the company’s client service manager. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "These puppies may be Maryland's first cloned dogs," 2 May 2018 Those who advocate consuming crickets point out that insects are better at converting feed to protein compared to larger livestock. Sylvain Charlebois, Smithsonian, "Why Canada Wants You to Know You’re Eating Crickets," 20 Mar. 2018 Soldiers sometimes stole his family’s livestock, Mr. Ahmed said. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 While car strikes are a major cause of death, so too are depredation permits, which give people who lost livestock to a mountain lion permission to kill the cat. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Orphaned mountain lion cubs at Oakland Zoo part of trend in California," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of livestock

circa 1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of livestock was circa 1687

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English Language Learners Definition of livestock

: farm animals (such as cows, horses, and pigs) that are kept, raised, and used by people


live·​stock | \ ˈlīv-ˌstäk How to pronounce livestock (audio) \

Kids Definition of livestock

: animals (as cows, horses, and pigs) kept or raised especially on a farm and for profit

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