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[kou-hurd] /ˈkaʊˌhɜrd/
a person whose occupation is tending and herding cows.
Origin of cowherd
before 1000; Middle English couherde, Old English cūherde; see cow1, herd2 Unabridged
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  • Sometimes the cowherd received part of his pay in butter or cheese.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • As the boy lay stretched on the ground I recognized the cowherd.

    Kari the Elephant

    Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • I have seen a cub in a cowherd's that was said to be her child by him.'

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • In the morning a cowherd came up the hill at the rising of the sun.

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; Hezekiah Butterworth
  • The cowherd replied: 'Our monarch has obtained this power through his high-mindedness.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • John did not neglect his old friend Klas Starkwolt, the cowherd.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • Two cowherd lads are grazing their cattle just in front of my boat.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • The cowherd did not quite like to go inside the hut somehow.

    Little Peter Lucas Malet
  • Besides, it is not long since one bullock nearly gored the cowherd to death.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • Eumaeus and the cowherd went out into the court, and Ulysses followed them.

British Dictionary definitions for cowherd


a person employed to tend cattle
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