quarter horse

quarter horse

noun
1.
one of a breed of strong horses developed in the U.S. for short-distance races, usually a quarter of a mile.
2.
a horse of this breed used in herding livestock.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism

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quarter horse
 
n
a small powerful breed of horse, originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in Virginia in the late 18th century

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