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- n. cattle that are reared for their meat
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Plus we have beef cattle for food, and the old wethers and ewes go for hides, glue, tallow, lanolin — all war staples.
Even youths had risen up and peppered his back with birdshot, and beef cattle had trod him underfoot and smashed his rifle.
Having brought with me over the mountains a few head of beef cattle for the hungry Indians, without thinking of running any great personal risk I had six beeves killed some little distance from my camp, guarding the meat with four Soldiers, whom I was obliged to post as sentinels around the small area on which the carcasses lay.