long·​horn | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce longhorn (audio) \

Definition of longhorn

1a : any of the long-horned cattle of Spanish derivation formerly common in the southwestern U.S.
2 or longhorn cheese : a firm-textured usually mild cheese (such as cheddar or Colby)

Examples of longhorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Llamas and chickies hatching are cute, but the animal that stole our hearts this year was a chunky, white-and-brown-flecked longhorn chilling in the Breed Row Barn. Emma Balter, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 Along the nearby pedestrian boulevard, between barbecue stands, an enormous inflated longhorn and a mechanical bull, there was a new feature: a COVID-19 vaccination site. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 There’s a longhorn on the wall, a giant bar serving Old Fashioneds, and a menu of elk tacos, Texas Gulf oysters and tons of steaks. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 22 June 2021 But by the early 1900s, European cattle became more popular and the longhorn lost its luster. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2021 Tufts identified the tick species Haemaphysalis longicornis, also known as the Asian longhorn tick, and Haemaphysalis punctata when studying ticks on Block Island this summer. Fox News, 29 Sep. 2020 The Asian longhorn tick was first detected in the U.S. in 2017 in New Jersey, but archived samples later determined these ticks may have been in the country since at least 2010. Fox News, 29 Sep. 2020 Called Woofus, the statue is an amalgamation of six animals: head of a sheep, the mane of a stallion, the horns of a longhorn, the body of a hog, a turkey’s tail feathers and the wings of a duck. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 18 June 2020 Earnhardt, who wore a longhorn tattoo on his chest and a large bull head on his forearm, liked to swim, fly his Cessna 182 and ride motorcycles, logging up to 15,000 miles a year on rides to Mexico and Colorado. Robert Anglen, azcentral, 19 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of longhorn

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Longhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhorn. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for longhorn


long·​horn | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce longhorn (audio) \

Kids Definition of longhorn

: a cow with very long horns that was once common in the southwestern United States

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Nglish: Translation of longhorn for Spanish Speakers


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