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Ayrshire 1

Pronunciation: /ˈɛːʃ(ɪ)ə/

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A former county of SW Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde, now divided into the council areas of North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire.

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Line breaks: Ayr|shire

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There are 2 main definitions of Ayrshire in English:

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Ayrshire 2

Pronunciation: /ˈe(ə)rSHər/ /-ˌSHi(ə)r/

noun

An animal of a mainly white breed of dairy cattle.
Example sentences
  • Besides Jerseys and Holsteins, other US dairy breeds such as Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys and Milking Shorthorn have been used successfully in pasture-based systems in different areas of the country.
  • The collection, which was sold off following the owner's death, included dairy shorthorns which fetched £1,240, Ayrshires at £610, Aberdeen Angus cattle at £410, and Guernseys at £410.
  • For the first time in 45 years, an Ayrshire beat a Friesian cow to win the overall supreme cattle championship.

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Ayrshire, a former Scottish county where the cattle were bred.

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Syllabification: Ayr·shire

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