One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A former county of south-western Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde, now divided into the council areas of North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire.
An animal of a mainly white breed of dairy cattle.
- ‘Besides Jerseys and Holsteins, other US dairy breeds such as Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys and Milking Shorthorn have been used successfully in pasture-based systems in different areas of the country.’
- ‘Other varieties are said to be making a comeback, namely Ayrshires and Golden Wonder.’
- ‘For the first time in 45 years, an Ayrshire beat a Friesian cow to win the overall supreme cattle championship.’
- ‘But here, Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Holsteins cross genes, each lending their better characteristics and canceling out the lesser traits of the others.’
- ‘The collection, which was sold off following the owner's death, included dairy shorthorns which fetched £1,240, Ayrshires at £610, Aberdeen Angus cattle at £410, and Guernseys at £410.’
Mid 19th century: named after the Scottish county of Ayrshire, where the cattle were bred.
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