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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The crisis in the Amazon is an example of fires being set deliberately, to clear forested land for farming or the grazing of livestock. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia: A World of Fire," 29 Aug. 2019 Jay Terrado, the interim division manager of San Jose Animal Care and Services, confirmed that an investigation is underway to identify the owner of the loose livestock. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Cows invade upscale San Jose neighborhood," 28 Aug. 2019 The wildlife also provides some benefit to the livestock. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The best way to help cows and zebras? Make them live together," 13 Aug. 2019 Vesicular stomatitis, a virus that spreads to livestock through insect bites, has been found in 14 Colorado counties, forcing veterinary officials to quarantine horses and cows. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Viral disease spreads to livestock in 14 Colorado counties," 2 Aug. 2019 Modest tents shield aisles of livestock from the sun. Scott Wartman,, "A 'dire' situation, inscrutable finances, plummeting attendance: Is this the end for the Hamilton County Fair?," 14 July 2019 Wolves were extirpated from the state in the 1940s mainly because of their depredation of livestock. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 Of corn harvested as grain, 38 percent is fed to livestock. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Oil prices, war, and a bad corn crop," 23 June 2019 The process is allegedly better for the planet than traditional farming, involves no animal slaughter, and circumvents the need to use medically important antibiotics for livestock. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Aleph Farms wants to grow you a steak," 15 June 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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