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[south-doun] /ˈsaʊθˌdaʊn/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Some of those Southdown Road people have been writing to her, that's about the long and short of it.

    Spring Days George Moore
  • Southdown is one of the most valuable of short staple wools.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • These are the Southdown, and the Cotswold, Leicester, or other improved breeds of long-wooled sheep.

    Rural Architecture Lewis Falley Allen
  • The weight of a Southdown fleece averages from four to five pounds.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • He sat in a listless and inattentive attitude, probably thinking of his patch of hillside corn or the Southdown ram.

  • The flesh of the Southdown wether is esteemed the finest flavoured.

  • Dr Dickinson walked across the green, watched with palpitating anxiety from the corner of the Southdown Road.

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

    Spring Days George Moore
  • It is, however, larger than the Southdown, and yields a larger quantity of wool.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • Now as between the Merino and the Southdown sheep there is a great gulf fixed.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
British Dictionary definitions for Southdown


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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