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  1. one of a Scottish breed of strong, hardy draft horses, having a feathering of long hairs along the backs of the legs.

Origin of Clydesdale

First recorded in 1780–90; after Clydesdale, Scotland
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  1. a heavy powerful breed of carthorse, originally from Scotland
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Word Origin and History for clydesdale


"breed of heavy draught horses," 1786, so called because they were bred in the valley of the Clyde in Scotland. The river name is perhaps literally "cleansing," from a Celtic root akin to Latin cloaca (see cloaca).

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