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heifer

[ hef-er ]
/ ˈhɛf ər /
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noun

a young cow over one year old that has not produced a calf.

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Origin of heifer

First recorded before 900; Middle English hayfre, heighfer, Old English hēa(h)f(o)re; of uncertain origin; perhaps equivalent to hēah “high” + -fore (perhaps akin to Greek póris “heifer”); see also high
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heifer
/ (ˈhɛfə) /

noun

a young cow

Word Origin for heifer

Old English heahfore; related to Greek poris calf; see high
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