[doo-uh l-pur-puh s, dyoo-]
serving two functions.
(of cattle) bred for two purposes, as to provide beef and milk.
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Origin of dual-purpose
First recorded in 1910–15
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Hence, like the Lincolnshire Red Shorthorn, they may claim to be a dual-purpose breed.
having or serving two functions
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