- one of an English breed of sheep, yielding mutton of high quality.
Origin of Southdown
1780–90; named after South Downs, where the breed was developed
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Examples from the Web for southdown
The weight of a Southdown fleece averages from four to five pounds.
Southdown is one of the most valuable of short staple wools.
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.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Even the Southdown Road people have that; but no consideration is shown to me.Spring Days
- an English breed of sheep with short wool and a greyish-brown face and legs
C18: so called because it was originally bred on the South Downs
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