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[lahyv-stok] /ˈlaɪvˌstɒk/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
the horses, cattle, sheep, and other useful animals kept or raised on a farm or ranch.
Origin of livestock
1650-60; live2 + stock Unabridged
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  • livestock grazing has other noteworthy environmental benefits as well.
  • Half of its people depend on livestock for their survival.
  • Organic agriculture seeks to raise crops and livestock using natural practices.
  • The gases combined with water in the atmosphere to produce acid rain, destroying crops and killing livestock.
  • Perry used custom fabricated aluminum hoops and galvanized livestock fencing.
  • Most of the resulting corn is fed to livestock who didn't evolve to subsist entirely on corn.
  • Because they straddle the line between livestock and pets, chickens are allowed in some unexpected places.
  • In some ways, this was good: it meant that arable farmers could now protect their crops against livestock.
  • The idea is to move the livestock into bigger herds and move them around more.
  • The need to do fundamental research on odor, on controlling odor, and on gaseous dust emissions from livestock is still there.
British Dictionary definitions for livestock


(functioning as singular or pl) cattle, horses, poultry, and similar animals kept for domestic use but not as pets, esp on a farm or ranch
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Word Origin and History for livestock

1520s, from live (adj.) + stock (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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