a hardy breed of coarse-woolled sheep from NW England

Word Origin for Herdwick

C19: from obsolete herdwick pasture, sheep farm (see herd ² (sense 1), wick ²); the breed is thought to have originated on the herdwicks of Furness Abbey
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Examples from the Web for herdwick

Historical Examples of herdwick

  • Of a flock of forty Herdwick sheep given by Dr. Wakefield, the dogs killed twenty-seven at one time.

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    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell