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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the horses, cattle, sheep, and other useful animals kept or raised on a farm or ranch.
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Origin of livestock

First recorded in 1650–60; live2 + stock
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Related Words for livestock

herd, oxen, fowl, domestic, swine, cattle, flock, horses, sheep, livestock, pigs, stock, calves, dogies, longhorn, strays

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Contemporary Examples of livestock

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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