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Origin of livestock

First recorded in 1650–60; live2 + stock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for livestock

Contemporary Examples of livestock

  • Biologist Mattson is alarmed by the abrupt 2008 rise in grizzly mortality from conflicts both with livestock and hunters.

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    What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear

    Doug Peacock

    November 23, 2014

  • And in the land of livestock and grassland and corral and endless highway, that is more or less everything.

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    The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy

    Peter Richmond

    May 11, 2014

  • This was where they corralled their livestock at night, and where the warm smell of animals still lingered.

  • The bacteria in the bowels of livestock are influenced by the antibiotics gobbled up.

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    Is Your Bacon on Drugs?

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 12, 2013

  • And if that bacteria has encountered too much antibiotic in livestock feed and has developed antibiotic resistance and you eat it.

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    Is Your Bacon on Drugs?

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 12, 2013

Historical Examples of livestock

  • When it came to loans, his judgment on land and livestock was never disputed.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Each share carried with it a certain portion of land and livestock.

    The Fathers of New England

    Charles M. Andrews

  • This we were loath to do as it would jeopardize our crops and livestock.

  • The livestock had been removed, but every house in the valley was stocked with supplies.

  • Further to the east are corrals and holding pens for livestock.

    Trinity [Atomic Test] Site

    The National Atomic Museum

British Dictionary definitions for livestock


  1. (functioning as singular or plural) cattle, horses, poultry, and similar animals kept for domestic use but not as pets, esp on a farm or ranch
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Word Origin and History for livestock

1520s, from live (adj.) + stock (n.2).

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