Heifer definition

hĕfər
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A young cow, esp. one that has not yet borne a calf.
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The definition of a heifer is a young female cow that hasn't given birth to a calf.

A nine month old female cow with no offspring is an example of a heifer.

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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, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke — Numbers 19:1-2 KJV.

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(slang) An ugly or objectionable woman; a cow.
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A young cow, especially one that has not yet given birth to a calf.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heifer
Plural:
heifers

Origin of heifer

  • Middle English from Old English hēahfore perə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hayfare, hayfre, from Old English heahfore, hēahfre, compound of (1) *heag- (“mating”) (compare dialectal German Hagen, Hegel (“breeding bull”), Middle Dutch haechdroese (“genitals”), Old English hagan (“id.”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱak- (“to be able, help”) (compare Sanskrit [script?] (śaknóti, “to be able”), Avestan [script?] (sak-, “to agree”)) and (2) -fore (compare English elver, fieldfare, Old English sceolfor (“cormorant”)).

    From Wiktionary