Cat"tle(kt"t'l), n. pl. [OE. calet, chatel, goods, property, OF. catel, chatel, LL. captale, capitale, goods, property, esp. cattle, fr. L. capitals relating to the head, chief; because in early ages beasts constituted the chief part of a man's property. See Capital, and cf. Chattel.] Quadrupeds of the Bovine family; sometimes, also, including all domestic quadrupeds, as sheep, goats, horses, mules, asses, and swine.
Black cattle. See under Belted, Black. --
Cattle guard, a trench under a railroad track and alongside a crossing (as of a public highway). It is intended to prevent cattle from getting upon the track. --
(Zol.), any species of louse infecting cattle. There are several species. The Hmatatopinus eurysternus and Hmatatopinus vituli are common species which suck blood; Trichodectes scalaris eats the hair. --
Cattle plague, the rinderpest; called also
Russian cattle plague. --
Cattle run, an open space through which cattle may run or range.
Cattle show, an exhibition of domestic animals with prizes for the encouragement of stock breeding; -- usually accompanied with the exhibition of other agricultural and domestic products and of implements.
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