- I.A young cow that has not yet given birth to a calf.II.A young cow that has not borne any previous calves. She remains a heifer until her first calf is born.
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Heifer — may refer to: *A young female cow before she has had her first calf *Red Heifer, in Judaism is a heifer that is sacrificed and whose ashes are used for the ritual purification. *Heifer International, a charitable organization *Heffer Wolfe, a… … Wikipedia
Heifer — Heif er, n. [OE. hayfare, AS. he[ a]hfore, he[ a]fore; the second part of this word seems akin to AS. fearr bull, ox; akin to OHG. farro, G. farre, D. vaars, heifer, G. f[ a]rse, and perh. to Gr. ?, ?, calf, heifer.] (Zo[ o]l.) A young cow. [1913 … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
heifer — O.E. heahfore, West Saxon; Northumbrian hehfaro, heffera (pl.), of unknown origin, not found outside English. The first element seems to be heah high, common in O.E. compounds with a sense of great in size. The second element may be related to… … Etymology dictionary
heifer — meaning ‘a cow that has not borne a calf’, is spelt this way … Modern English usage
heifer — ► NOUN ▪ a cow that has not borne a calf, or has borne only one calf. ORIGIN Old English … English terms dictionary
heifer — [hef′ər] n. [ME haifre < OE heahfore, lit., full grown young ox < heah, high, hence full grown (see HIGH) + fearr, bull, lit., young animal: see FARROW2] a young cow that has not borne a calf … English World dictionary
heifer — noun /ˈhɛfə,ˈhɛfɚ/ a) A young female bovine (cow) that has not yet had a calf. 1611 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel,… … Wiktionary
Heifer — In the list of English surnames associated with the keeping and breeding of cattle, this is the rarest form. Recorded in the surviving late medieval church registers as Heffer, Heffor, Heifer, and the later Hepher, the surname is seemingly job… … Surnames reference
heifer n — 1) A dairy farmer had a heifer dozen calves. 2) Milk as the udder alternative has been heifer a long time … English expressions
heifer — UK [ˈhefə(r)] / US [ˈhefər] noun [countable] Word forms heifer : singular heifer plural heifers a young cow that has not given birth to a calf … English dictionary
heifer — /hef euhr/, n. a young cow over one year old that has not produced a calf. [bef. 900; ME hayfre, OE hea(h)f(o)re, equiv. to heah high + fore; akin to Gk póris heifer] * * * … Universalium