Main meanings of leghorn in English

: leghorn1Leghorn2



  • 1mass noun Fine plaited straw.

    1. 1.1count noun A hat made of leghorn.
      • ‘A cluster of women, about six, in their white dresses and wide-brim leghorn hats, were on the lawn by the side of the house but too far away to distinguish individually.’
  • 2

    (also Leghorn)
    A chicken of a small hardy breed.

    ‘Hardy and active Leghorns, which originated near the city of Leghorn in Italy, are outstanding egg layers.’
    • ‘In Leghorn chickens dominant females were found to allocate more testosterone to male eggs, whereas subordinate females allocated more testosterone to female eggs.’
    • ‘It won't say whether it is a Leghorn or a Rhode Island Red but it will guarantee whether an egg is organic or free range.’
    • ‘The Leghorn (an important egg-producer) was developed from Mediterranean stock.’
    • ‘The team discovered that pieces of cotton wool dabbed with pyrazine and left next to chicken cages led to a five to ten percent increase in the egg mass of Leghorn chickens.’
    • ‘Akbar, a two-and-a-half-year old Leghorn rooster seems to be doing his best to mimic his master.’
    • ‘Female mosquitoes were blood-fed on anesthetized rats or on infective white Leghorn chicks.’
    • ‘To infect the mosquitoes, we used a domestic race of the parasite's natural host, 3- to 4-week-old white leghorn chickens.’
    • ‘The Mediterraneans, like the leghorn, tend to be more feisty and flighty.’
    • ‘White leghorn Wendy was today selected as the champion chicken for this year's Linton-on-Ouse Festival.’
    • ‘She was a black leghorn and eager to start a family of her own.’
    • ‘The 23-year-old has 2,000 animals - ranging from Rhode Island reds and leghorns to pheasants, guinea pigs and budgies - at the family farm at Oxspring near Penistone, South Yorkshire.’



/lɛˈɡɔːn/ /ˈlɛɡhɔːn/


Mid 18th century from Leghorn (Livorno), from where the straw and fowls were imported.

Main meanings of Leghorn in English

: leghorn1Leghorn2


Pronunciation /ˈlɛɡhɔːn/

proper noun

old-fashioned name for Livorno