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2010-06-25 06:04:04

Researchers warn that the genetic diversity of Africa's native livestock needs to be collected and studied before it is gone for good. According to researchers, native breeds have adapted to tolerate parasites or produce healthy milk yields in harsh conditions. They said that these traits had yet to be unlocked by the scientific community. Since farmers began switching to "exotic" cattle from more-developed nations, the indigenous breeds have begun dying out, they observed. "African cattle...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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