Berkshire

[burk-sheer, -sher; British bahrk-sheer, -sher]
noun
  1. Also called Berks [burks; British bahrks] /bɜrks; British bɑrks/. a county in S England. 485 sq. mi. (1255 sq. km).
  2. one of an English breed of black hogs, having white markings on the feet, face, and tail.
  3. a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.
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Berks

abbreviation for
  1. Berkshire

Berkshire

noun
  1. 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
  2. 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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