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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region and former duchy of northern Germany at the base of the Jutland Peninsula. It became a duchy under the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Empire in 1474 and was often controlled by Denmark in the years that followed.
  • n. Any of a breed of large black and white dairy cattle originally developed in Friesland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The region between the rivers Elbe and Eider, to the south of Schleswig, part of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • n. A type of dairy cattle, distinctively colored in splotches of black and white.
  • n. A breed of horse, thought to be the oldest of the warmblood breeds, used in show jumping.
  • proper n. A surname.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a breed of cattle, originally from Schleswig-Holstein, valued for the large amount of milk produced by the cows. The color is usually black and white in irregular patches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a breed of dairy cattle from northern Holland

Etymologies

After Holstein 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a tribe which inhabited the area, the Holsten / Holtsaten. The name is equivalent to German Holz ("wood") + Sassen ("inhabitant"), German Low German Holt ("wood") + Saten ("inhabitant"). (Wiktionary)
From the animals' region of origin: the horses came from Schleswig-Holstein, the cows came from the area of Frisia and Holstein. (Wiktionary)

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