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[shrop-sheer, -sher] /ˈʃrɒp ʃɪər, -ʃər/
a former county in W England, now part of Salop.
one of an English breed of dark-faced sheep, yielding good mutton and white wool. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Have you actually brought two starving people from London to Shropshire, Helen?

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The expedition to Shropshire crippled the Basts permanently.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • A popular saying in Shropshire is "Cold and chilly like old Bolas."

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • The Shropshire tale of the Fairy Cow is much the same as the preceding.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • He makes less fuss about it than I do about going to Shropshire.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
  • It could not have been there when the young novice from Shropshire came to Saint-Evroul.

  • When I was in Shropshire last week—— What was your man's name?

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • In Shropshire the seams are no more than eighteen or twenty inches.

  • I am a little tired; I have come all the way from Shropshire this morning.

    The Time of Roses

    L. T. Meade
  • To a kind clergyman in Shropshire who thought he might help me.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for Shropshire


/ˈʃrɒpˌʃɪə; -ʃə/
a county of W central England: Telford and Wrekin became an independent unitary authority in 1998, and the remaining county of Shropshire became a unitary authority in 2009; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Shrewsbury. Pop (excluding Telford and Wrekin): 286 700 (2003 est). Area (excluding Telford and Wrekin): 3201 sq km (1236 sq miles)
a breed of medium-sized sheep having a dense fleece, originating from Shropshire and Staffordshire, England
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Shropshire

shortened form of the old spelling of Shrewsbury + shire.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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