shire horse


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shire horse British breed of large heavy draft horse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shire horse One of an English breed of heavy draft horses believed to be descended largely from the horses used in war in the days of heavy armor. They are the largest of the British draft breeds, and have long hair on the back of the cannons and fetlocks. Brown or bay with white on the face and legs is now the commonest color.
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In literature:

Occasionally, I met a farmer's cart drawn by one of those great, fat, gentle Shire horses that George Eliot has described so well.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Shire horse, 35, 335; Society, 335.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Then he had proposed to devote his life to breeding shire-horses.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
The militia was called out, horse and foot, in all the Lowlands, save in the disaffected shires.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
He is once more upon Yorkshire ground; his horse's hoof beats once more the soil of that noble shire.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Mr. Coke was formerly a captain, in the Scots Fusiliers, and was widely known as a breeder of shire horses.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
Shire horses are typical examples of Vigour, or developmental power, expressed in terms of stature, muscle and nervous energy.
"Feminism and Sex-Extinction" by Arabella Kenealy
A good type of Shire horse combines symmetrical outlines and bold, free action.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various