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)

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Two exotic tick species found in Rhode Island for the first time, officials say," 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, "Two exotic tick species found in Rhode Island for the first time, officials say," 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, "Take our photo quiz to test your knowledge of North Texas sights," 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, "Tex Earnhardt, colorful founder of car dealership empire, dies at 89," 19 Apr. 2020 Old English longhorn cattle provide ecological services once offered by long-dead aurochs. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020 This made room for the equipment while also giving patrons in the second floor dining room a through-the-glass view of the distillery works below, including one vat, called Bessie, topped with the horns of a longhorn steer. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Maverick Whiskey Distillery transformed a historic downtown bank," 30 July 2019 The longhorn participates in about 12-15 shows per year. Fox News, "Texas longhorn named Bucklehead breaks world record for horn span: See the pics," 19 Oct. 2019 The days of longhorn cattle parading around the LH7 ranch are long gone. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "'Lost empire': Video shows how Houston's historic LH7 ranch changed over the years," 15 July 2019

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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 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of longhorn

: a type of cow that has long horns


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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