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Southdown

[south-doun] /ˈsaʊθˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
one of an English breed of sheep, yielding mutton of high quality.
Origin of Southdown
1780-1790
1780-90; named after South Downs, where the breed was developed
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  • Southdown is one of the most valuable of short staple wools.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • The weight of a Southdown fleece averages from four to five pounds.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • It is, however, larger than the Southdown, and yields a larger quantity of wool.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • The flesh of the Southdown wether is esteemed the finest flavoured.

  • Even the Southdown Road people have that; but no consideration is shown to me.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • Some of those Southdown Road people have been writing to her, that's about the long and short of it.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • Of course, the Southdown Road is one of the great disadvantages of the place.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • Now as between the Merino and the Southdown sheep there is a great gulf fixed.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • He is one of the wisest raisers of Southdown sheep the country knows.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • "Come up here, you Southdown with the bare belly," says the man in the wagon.

    Adventures In Friendship David Grayson
British Dictionary definitions for Southdown

Southdown

/ˈsaʊθˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
an English breed of sheep with short wool and a greyish-brown face and legs
Word Origin
C18: so called because it was originally bred on the South Downs
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