Origin of heifer
Examples from the Web for heifer
"You and Chuck go home and make a baby and name it Lyndon and I'll give you a heifer," Johnson had said.
When ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper tried to ask you some questions, you said you were “going to meet a heifer first.”
Heifer meat is smaller in the bone and lighter in color than ox beef.The Story of Crisco|Marion Harris Neil
The prayer was spoken, and all due rites being ended he who held the axe smote the heifer on the head, just behind the horns.Stories from the Odyssey|H. L. Havell
An old woman sat by the fire, and soon two men came in leading the heifer.Ulster Folklore|Elizabeth Andrews
Still, do thou believe that mirror, that denies that thou art a heifer.
In view of Nannar's position in the heavens, he was called the "heifer of Anu."The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria|Morris Jastrow
British Dictionary definitions for heifer
Word Origin for heifer
Word Origin and History for heifer
Old English heahfore, West Saxon; Northumbrian hehfaro, heffera (plural), of unknown origin, not found outside English. The first element seems to be heah "high," common in Old English compounds with a sense of "great in size." The second element may be related to Old English fearr "bull," or to Old English faran "to go" (giving the whole a sense of "high-stepper"); but there are serious sense difficulties with both conjectures. Liberman offers this alternative:
Old English seems to have had the word *hægfore 'heifer.' The first element (*hæg-) presumably meant 'enclosure' (as do haw and hedge), whereas -fore was a suffix meaning 'dweller, occupant' ....
In modern use, "a female that has not yet calved," as opposed to a cow, which has calved, and a calf, which is an animal of either sex not more than a year old. As derisive slang for "a woman, girl" it dates from 1835.