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[lawng-hawrn, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌhɔrn, ˈlɒŋ-/
(lowercase) Texas longhorn.
Slang. a Texan.
(lowercase) long-horned beetle.
one of a nearly extinct English breed of beef cattle having horns that are very long and curve forward dramatically.
Origin of Longhorn
First recorded in 1825-35; long1 + horn

long-horned beetle

[lawng-hawrnd, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌhɔrnd, ˈlɒŋ-/
any of numerous, often brightly colored beetles of the family Cerambycidae, usually with long antennae, the larva of which bores into the wood of living or decaying trees.
Also called longhorn.
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Longhorn
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  • Jack Roberts was in two minds whether to stop at the Longhorn saloon.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • There was not a Longhorn among them; there has not been a Longhorn on the range for many years.

  • I always work for wages, my pay I get in gold; I am bound to follow the Longhorn steer until I am too old.

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • As she straightened up and turned to go, she beheld a Texas steer of the Longhorn variety only a short distance away.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • A Texas Longhorn of the old school was enough to move anybody,—better calculated to do so than either the elk or deer.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • They are, however, capable of great improvement, as instanced in the case of Bakewell's celebrated Longhorn herds.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • The Longhorn or “Dishley” breed of cattle is one of the most interesting historically.

  • Longhorn versus thoroughbred, and Daddy indulges and encourages him in the plan.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for Longhorn


Also called Texas longhorn. a long-horned breed of beef cattle, usually red or variegated, formerly common in SW US
a now rare British breed of beef cattle with long curved horns

long-horned beetle

the longicorn beetle See longicorn (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Longhorn



also long-horn, in reference to a type of cattle, 1808, from long (adj.) + horn (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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