Definition of Friesian in English:



  • An animal of a black and white breed of chiefly dairy cattle originally from the province of Friesland in the Netherlands.

    • ‘The first Friesians were big milk cows not too different from the Holstein of today, but udders were not so good.’
    • ‘But there were lovely cattle, as clean as something out of Disney World, blinking unhappily in the sun, angular, huge-uddered Friesians, and black Aberdeen Angus.’
    • ‘The trade for the quality bullocks remains brisk and there was a marked improvement in Friesians and plainer bullocks.’
    • ‘Shorthorn cattle are now suitable for the climate in Kosovo, so the chosen cows are black and white Friesians.’
    • ‘In addition, the cattle incubated the disease longer because they ate bonemeal from 6 days old, rather than the more usual 6 months, and were slaughtered later because they were slower-growing Friesians.’
    • ‘They have combined excellent fertility with good production and their breeding ability is akin to British Friesians.’
    • ‘A lot of seven 376 kg Friesians made €740.’
    • ‘A lot of two Friesians weighing 347 kilograms sold for €490.’
    • ‘The bucket fed Friesians sold from £30 to over £60 for the good ones.’
    • ‘But Dan and his son Noel have 200 cows, and like the Benson farm in Victoria, they're all Friesians.’
    • ‘The college dairy farm supplies liquid milk all the year round to Dawn Dairies from a top class herd of pedigree Friesians.’
    • ‘The classic black-and-white Friesian is a dairy industry success story.’
    • ‘They're all individuals, as different as a Friesian is from a Holstein.’
    • ‘Doug acquired him from a friend that owns a ranch that breeds Friesians and said he'd sell him to me.’
    • ‘Maintaining milk supply in suckler herds is a problem where the influence of the Friesian is declining.’
    • ‘How did you know she is a Friesian?.’
    • ‘The battlements are crumbling, the turrets are wobbly and Daisy, the Friesian, is dry!’


1920s alteration of Frisian.