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[burk-sheer, -sher; British bahrk-sheer, -sher] /ˈbɜrk ʃɪər, -ʃər; British ˈbɑrk ʃɪər, -ʃər/
Also called Berks [burks; British bahrks] /bɜrks; British bɑrks/ (Show IPA). 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.

Berkshire Hills

[burk-sheer, -sher] /ˈbɜrk ʃɪər, -ʃər/
plural noun
a range of low mountains in W Massachusetts: resort region. Highest peak, Mt. Greylock, 3505 feet (1070 meters).
Also called Berkshires. Unabridged
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/ˈbɑːkʃɪə; -ʃə/
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) 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 berkshires


Old English Bearrocscir (893), from an ancient Celtic name meaning "hilly place" + Old English scir "shire, district."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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berkshires in Culture
Berkshires [(burk-sheerz, burk-shuhrz)]

Mountain chain in western Massachusetts.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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