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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That led to the islands being overrun by vicious longhorns. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Denver School Book,” “Aloha Rodeo” and more," 13 June 2019 The wood trim pieces and wood console panel made that longhorn Ram logo stand out even more. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 Authorities found 70 live horses, nine donkeys, six pigs and one longhorn on the property and relocated them, according to the release. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Amid ‘a sea of dead horses,’ 87 animals seized from East Texas pastures, SPCA says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Apr. 2018 Many invasive species in North America, such as the emerald ash borer beetle and the Asian longhorn beetle, target the same trees preferred by Hercules beetles, Pearson says. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Watch a Sausage-Size Insect Transform From Larva to Beetle," 11 May 2018 An open archway leads to this sunny enclave, revealing a conglomeration of objects and art including gold armadillos, a longhorn-skull bowl and various depictions of the Hindu deity Shiva, mirroring Sircar's bicultural upbringing. Arielle Paul, latimes.com, "My Favorite Room: Tiya Sircar brings Texas and India to her living room," 21 Apr. 2018 Investigators found and relocated 70 live horses, nine donkeys, six pigs and one longhorn on the property in Van Zandt County, about 30 miles east of Dallas, the newspaper reported. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "'A sea of dead horses' at Texas ranch: report," 11 Apr. 2018 Promo images for the concerts feature Bey and JAY riding a similar cycle, with a longhorn cow skull on the front. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Beyoncé and JAY-Z Spotted Out on a Motorcycle Joyride in Jamaica," 21 Mar. 2018 The longhorn tick, also known as the bush tick, poses a threat to livestock such as cattle, horses, goats and sheep. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Infestation of Asian tick, previously unknown inside U.S., found in N.J.," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of longhorn

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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