dairy cow

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dairy cow (plural dairy cows)

  1. Any breed of cow bred for the ability to produce large quantities of milk, from which dairy products are made; an individual cattle beast of such a breed; especially, a female cow who has calved and lactated.
    Synonyms: milch cow, milk cow
    Hypernym: dairy cattle
    The Holstein Friesian is an excellent dairy cow. [breed]
    He runs a herd of dairy cows, including his own bulls. [cattle beast]
    Mastitis impairs a dairy cow’s output. [lactating female]
  2. A black-and-white varietal of the Porcellio laevis woodlouse.