livestock

noun
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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Millions of acres went under water and livestock died. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "The Climate Disaster We Fear Is Already Happening," 22 Apr. 2019 Black lives did not matter when they were inhumanely transported like livestock from Africa. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"," 16 Apr. 2019 If corn and other grain prices are high, some farmers are happy, but those with livestock get hit hard on the feed prices. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 The stunning, snowy-white Hungarian livestock guardian has a protective, independent nature that requires an experienced owner, said Clegg, of Lebanon, Ohio. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "A breed apart: Rare Westminster dogs have ring to themselves," 13 Feb. 2019 The setting this time is Great Britain; a pre-Brexit version, since there appear to be livestock in the fields and an absence of civil unrest and social breakdown. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The event features classic county fair events including demolition derbies, a horse show, 4-H livestock shows and beauty pageants. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Kenton County Fair is next week," 12 July 2018 California's largest wildfire so far this year was caused by an electric livestock fence that was improperly installed, Cal Fire said Wednesday. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "County Fire sparked by improperly installed electric fence, Cal Fire says," 11 July 2018 Artificial meat, whether made from plants or grown from animal cells in vats, is getting cheaper and more realistic, and could be much more sustainable than livestock farming. The Economist, "The future of food, served up right here in augmented reality," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of livestock

circa 1687, in the meaning defined above

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livestock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of livestock

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

livestock

noun
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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