Origin of Longhorn
- any of numerous, often brightly colored beetles of the family Cerambycidae, usually with long antennae, the larva of which bores into the wood of living or decaying trees.
Origin of long-horned beetle
First recorded in 1830–40
Also called longhorn.
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Examples from the Web for longhorn
Willie Morris was a hero to our small band of Longhorn liberals in the Age of Reagan.Paul Begala's Book Candidates
April 21, 2009
Jack Roberts was in two minds whether to stop at the Longhorn saloon.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
There was not a longhorn among them; there has not been a longhorn on the range for many years.The Passing of the Frontier
I always work for wages, my pay I get in gold; I am bound to follow the longhorn steer until I am too old.Cowboy Songs
As she straightened up and turned to go, she beheld a Texas steer of the longhorn variety only a short distance away.
A Texas longhorn of the old school was enough to move anybody,—better calculated to do so than either the elk or deer.
- Also called: Texas longhorn a long-horned breed of beef cattle, usually red or variegated, formerly common in SW US
- a now rare British breed of beef cattle with long curved horns
- the longicorn beetleSee longicorn (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for longhorn
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