live·​stock | \ˈlīv-ˌstäk \

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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This project also incorporates a fence that helps to keep livestock outside of this sensitive habitat, with the mutual benefits of further protecting the recourse and improving her health. The Aegis, "Public input sought for Harford Green Infrastructure Plan; workshop Feb. 8," 25 Jan. 2018 Many international pork suppliers acknowledge that the efficiency and scale of the U.S. meat industry, backed by abundant grain supplies to feed livestock, will ensure the U.S. remains a tough competitor. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "America Struggles to Take Its Pigs to World’s Biggest Market," 18 Oct. 2018 The storm will likely damage homes and businesses, kill crops, drown livestock, wash away cars and suspend much of the area's economic activity. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy," 13 Sep. 2018 Built on working cattle and livestock, the ranch also has a luxury resort where customers can unwind at a day spa, horseback ride across the great outdoors or play on a seven-hole golf course. Zahid Mahmood, CNN, "The world's first goat golf caddies," 14 May 2018 Authorities urge anyone to call 911 during life-threatening situations involving animals, such as livestock blocking traffic, animals in hot vehicles, dog attacks or any type of animal abuse. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Four people hospitalized after a pit bull attacked them in Arlington," 8 May 2018 The group is seeking land outside the city to grow livestock to send to market. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Shanti Community Farms offers Akron refugees space to farm and a sense of purpose (photos)," 12 Apr. 2018 Explain that contradiction and why drought is so damaging for livestock. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 But, the Labor Department said, an association plan for agriculture could charge different premiums to employers in different lines of business, like growing crops, raising livestock, harvesting seafood or producing timber. Robert Pear, New York Times, "New Trump Rule Rolls Back Protections of the Affordable Care Act," 19 June 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 \

Kids Definition of livestock

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

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