Berkshire

[ burk-sheer, -sher; British bahrk-sheer, -sher ]
/ ˈbɜrk ʃɪər, -ʃər; British ˈbɑrk ʃɪər, -ʃər /
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noun

Also called Berks [burks; British bahrks] /bɜrks; British bɑrks/. 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for berks

Berks

/ (bɑːks) /

abbreviation for

Berkshire

Berkshire

/ (ˈbɑːkʃɪə, -ʃə) /

noun

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)Abbreviation: 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 berks

Berkshire

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

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