short·​horn ˈshȯrt-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce shorthorn (audio)
often capitalized
: any of a breed of red, roan, white, or red and white short-horned beef cattle originating in northern England and including good milk-producing strains

called also Durham

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shorthorn was in 1847

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“Shorthorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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short·​horn -ˌhȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce shorthorn (audio)
: any of a breed of roan, red, white, or red and white beef and dairy cattle that have short horns and were originally developed in England

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