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A large powerful draft horse of a breed developed in the Clyde River valley of Scotland, having long white hair on the lower legs.


(Breeds) a heavy powerful breed of carthorse, originally from Scotland



any of a Scottish breed of strong, high-stepping draft horses with a feathering of long hairs along the backs of the legs.
[1780–90; after Clydesdale, the valley of the Clyde]


A large workhorse that was developed in Scotland, probably from heavy black and dun stocks being imported into Great Britain by the eleventh century.
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Noun1.Clydesdale - heavy feathered-legged breed of draft horse originally from ScotlandClydesdale - heavy feathered-legged breed of draft horse originally from Scotland
draft horse, draught horse, dray horse - horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
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NEW YORK -- Budweiser is putting its Clydesdales out to pasture for the holidays.
This year's Budweiser Clydesdale ad, created by Anomaly, New York, was perhaps the most heart-tugging in recent memory, and reinvigorated the use of the iconic Clydesdales in A-B advertising.
His estate in Dorset holds a flock of 100 sheep, six cattle, chickens, his dogs and 16 horses - the most recent addition to which are two Clydesdales.
BEST FRIENDS: Martin Clunes with his Clydesdales Ronnie and Bruce
Anna Cockburn, from the Tillside Clydesdales stud at Milfield, brought two of her horses to Glendale Show at Wooler and rode Merlin in the main ring during the grand parade.
The Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdales are in town and their handlers took the opportunity to deliver beer from Girardi Distributors throughout the downtown area.
Anheuser-Busch has about 200 Clydesdales in its herd, with about half of them at Warm Springs Ranch.
Alongside the usual sheep, the Clydesdales will also be joined by Icelandic horses, alpacas and a haltered cow and calf in the showcase parade.