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beef cattle

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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. cattle, as Hereford, raised for their edible meat.

Origin of beef cattle

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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Historical Examples

  • Pete has gone up with some of the boys to cut out a bunch of beef-cattle.

    Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party

    C. E. Jacobs

  • When we reached the house the Indians asked for beef-cattle.

  • The livestock interest is stimulated by the enormous demand for beef-cattle at Kansas City.

  • My brother's criticisms are not of much value, for the sweetest sounds to his ears are the bellowings of beef-cattle.

  • "He's one of Johnson's men, and he's going down to hunt up the Yankee beef-cattle," was the reply.