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heif·er

 (hĕf′ər)
n.
A young cow, especially one that has not yet given birth to a calf.

[Middle English, from Old English hēahfore; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]
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heifer

(ˈhɛfə)
n
(Animals) a young cow
[Old English heahfore; related to Greek poris calf; see high]
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heif•er

(ˈhɛf ər)

n.
a young cow over one year old that has not produced a calf.
[before 900; Middle English hayfre, Old English hēa(h)f(o)re=hēah high + -fore, akin to Greek póris heifer]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heifer - young cowheifer - young cow        
young mammal - any immature mammal
cow, moo-cow - female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"
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Translations
عِجْلَه
jalovice
kvie
hieho
üszõ
kvíga
telyčia
tele
vaars
jalovica
telica
kviga

heifer

[ˈhefəʳ] Nnovilla f, vaquilla f
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heifer

[ˈhɛfər] ngénisse f
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heifer

nFärse f
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heifer

[ˈhɛfəʳ] ngiovenca
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

heifer

(ˈhefə) noun
a young cow.
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References in classic literature ?
Tell her to bid the matrons gather at the temple of Minerva in the acropolis; let her then take her key and open the doors of the sacred building; there, upon the knees of Minerva, let her lay the largest, fairest robe she has in her house--the one she sets most store by; let her, moreover, promise to sacrifice twelve yearling heifers that have never yet felt the goad, in the temple of the goddess, if she will take pity on the town, with the wives and little ones of the Trojans, and keep the son of Tydeus from falling on the goodly city of Ilius; for he fights with fury and fills men's souls with panic.
"When he reached the river Xanthus, which is in Lycia, the king received him with all goodwill, feasted him nine days, and killed nine heifers in his honour, but when rosy-fingered morning appeared upon the tenth day, he questioned him and desired to see the letter from his son-in-law Proetus.
Tell him that he shall be well repaid, that he shall receive fifty heifers and Brown Bull back again at the end of that time.
We Elders have many heifers, * but our children must also be provided.
This bed is the fairy cave under Penistone crags, and you are gathering elf-bolts to hurt our heifers; pretending, while I am near, that they are only locks of wool.
A HEIFER saw an Ox hard at work harnessed to a plow, and tormented him with reflections on his unhappy fate in being compelled to labor.
In return, I will offer you in sacrifice a broad-browed heifer of a year old, unbroken, and never yet brought by man under the yoke.
But for all that, if heaven were to make me a fair offer of an island or something else of the kind, without much trouble and without much risk, I am not such a fool as to refuse it; for they say, too, 'when they offer thee a heifer, run with a halter; and 'when good luck comes to thee, take it in.'"
So I sat and told him, ox by ox, cow by cow, and heifer by heifer, forgetting none; and Chaka listened silently as one who is asleep.
"Oh, sahib, the man betrayed me; the heifer's tail waved in the moonlight, and I had my knife.
But at that time let me have a shady rock and wine of Biblis, a clot of curds and milk of drained goats with the flesh of an heifer fed in the woods, that has never calved, and of firstling kids; then also let me drink bright wine, sitting in the shade, when my heart is satisfied with food, and so, turning my head to face the fresh Zephyr, from the everflowing spring which pours down unfouled thrice pour an offering of water, but make a fourth libation of wine.
Sure me fawther got a goold medal (and his Excellency himself eat a slice of it, and said never was finer mate in his loif) for a four-year-old heifer, the like of which ye never saw in this country any day." And Jos owned with a sigh, "that for good streaky beef, really mingled with fat and lean, there was no country like England."