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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Black bears are attracted to odors from potential food sources, including garbage, pet food, birdseed and small livestock, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Fox News, "Courageous dog chases bear from New Jersey backyard in wild video," 11 July 2019 Oregon Klamath Falls: An animal advocacy group has launched an online fundraising drive to help safely separate wolves and livestock. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, West Texas accounts for much of the state's — and the nation's — source of cattle, sheep, goats and other livestock. Dallas News, "How Texas Tech aims to meet the health needs in rural communities from peaky pets to tingly toothaches," 8 July 2019 For similar health conscious and anti-superbug reasons, phages have veterinary applications as well; targeted phage therapies to treat sick livestock may remove the overuse of antibiotics from animals’ food supply. B David Zarley, The Verge, "These superbug-fighting viruses are making a comeback," 5 July 2019 In lieu of walls that kept livestock where humans wanted them but marred the view of the landscape, 18th-century European landscapers used ditches with a steep slope on one side leading to a wall on the other. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Bentley's New Hybrid Hides Its Luxury From the Masses," 2 July 2019 Scientists say the frankincense crisis could still be averted—by fencing off key forests to protect them from livestock, establishing fire-breaks, and enforcing more conservative guidelines for sap extraction. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 Valeti also recognizes that livestock are culturally and nutritionally important to small farmers, particularly in developing economies. Amanda Little, The New Republic, "The Meat Mogul’s Case For Lab-Grown Beef," 1 July 2019 Individuals who come in contact with livestock should take off shoes or clothing to avoid infecting environments, such their homes. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "CDC releases warning for 'crypto' fecal parasite in swimming pools," 1 July 2019

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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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