[burk-sheer, -sher; British bahrk-sheer, -sher]
- Also called Berks [burks; British bahrks] /bɜrks; British bɑrks/. a county in S England. 485 sq. mi. (1255 sq. km).
- one of an English breed of black hogs, having white markings on the feet, face, and tail.
- a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.
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Examples from the Web for berks
Since the year 2000, 1,600 people have been jailed in Berks County alone for failing to pay truancy fines.A Mom’s Tragic Death Over Missed School Days
June 14, 2014
Pippa is now designing a ring and planning a reception at the home of her parents Carole and Michael in Bucklebury, Berks.Report: Pippa Middleton Engaged
September 2, 2013
Kate was visiting her prep school, St Andrew's in Pangbourne, Berks, which she attended from the age of four to 13.Squeak! Kate Middleton's School Nickname Revealed
November 30, 2012
Berks; his name appears as thus in the Visitation of this county anno 1623.
She will now be able to go on from Berks and visit them without any fears from heat.The Letters of Jane Austen
What would Constituents in Berks say, me running away from work?
He was very hospitable and exceeding popular in Berks, the whole countie.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
He also visited Mrs. Montagu, at her seat, called Sandleford, in Berks.The Poetical Works of James Beattie
- a historic county of S England: since reorganization in 1974 the River Thames has marked the N boundary while the Berkshire Downs occupy central parts; the county council was replaced by six unitary authorities in 1998. Area: 1259 sq km (486 sq miles)Abbreviation: Berks
- a rare breed of pork and bacon pig having a black body and white points
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Word Origin and History for berks
Old English Bearrocscir (893), from an ancient Celtic name meaning "hilly place" + Old English scir "shire, district."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper