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  1. one of an English breed of red, white, or roan beef cattle, some having short horns and some naturally hornless.
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Origin of Shorthorn

First recorded in 1820–30; short + horn
Also called Durham.
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Related Words

herd, oxen, stock, calves, livestock, longhorn, strays

Examples from the Web for shorthorn

Historical Examples

  • We've got it pretty heavily stocked; we 're working it over into shorthorn.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • Shes due to grade as cornfed, my Calamity is, or Im a shorthorn!

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Substantial buildings were erected for the shorthorn cattle.

    Hodge and His Masters

    Richard Jefferies

  • I am, however, convinced that you are going to need both the Shorthorn and the Hereford to combine with them.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • Why have pedigrees been scrupulously kept and published of the Shorthorn cattle, and more recently of the Hereford breed?

British Dictionary definitions for shorthorn


  1. a short-horned breed of cattle with several regional varietiesAlso called: Durham
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