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1mass noun Fine plaited straw.
- 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.’
- 1.1count noun A hat made of leghorn.
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.’
Mid 18th century from Leghorn (Livorno), from where the straw and fowls were imported.
old-fashioned name for Livorno
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