Definition of cattle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkætl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætl//
[plural] Farm animals
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cows and bulls that are kept as farm animals for their milk or meat a herd of cattle twenty head of cattle (= twenty cows) dairy/beef cattle The prisoners were herded into trucks like cattle. CollocationsFarmingGrowing food and raising animals plant trees/​seeds/​crops/​vines/​barley grow/​produce corn/​wheat/​rice/​fruit plough/(North American English) plow land/​a field sow/​harvest seeds/​crops/​fields spread manure/​fertilizer on something cultivate/​irrigate/​water/​contaminate crops/​plants/​fields/​land damage/​destroy/​lose your crop ripen/​pick fruit/​berries/​grapes press/​dry/​ferment grapes grind/​thresh grain/​corn/​wheat raise/​rear/​keep chickens/​poultry/​cattle/​pigs raise/​breed/​feed/​graze livestock/​cattle/​sheep kill/​slaughter livestock preserve/​smoke/​cure/​salt meatModern farming run a fish farm/​an organic dairy engage in/​be involved in intensive (pig/​fish) farming use/​apply (chemical/​organic) fertilizer/​insecticides/​pesticides begin/​do/​conduct field trials of GM (= genetically modified) crops grow/​develop GM crops/​seeds/​plants/​foods fund/​invest in genetic engineering/​research improve/​increase crop yields face/​suffer from/​alleviate food shortages label food that contains GMOs (= genetically modified organisms) eliminate/​reduce farm subsidies oppose/​be against factory farming/​GM food promote/​encourage/​support organic/​sustainable farming See related entries: Farm animals Word OriginMiddle English (also denoting personal property or wealth): from Anglo-Norman French catel, variant of Old French chatel, from medieval Latin capitale, from Latin capitalis, from caput ‘head’.Extra examples Cattle that stray onto the electric railway line are killed instantly. Cattle were first domesticated in Neolithic times. Electric cattle prods were used against the demonstrators. Farmers drove cattle along major roads as a protest against high taxes. He moved his cattle farther down into the valley in winter. There was a cattle grid across the road to stop the cows escaping. There was a cattle grid/​guard across the road. Villagers traditionally have the right to graze their cattle on the common land. cattle grazing in the fields
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