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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for southdown

Historical Examples of southdown

  • The weight of a Southdown fleece averages from four to five pounds.


    William H. Dooley

  • Southdown is one of the most valuable of short staple wools.


    William H. Dooley

  • 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.

  • Even the Southdown Road people have that; but no consideration is shown to me.

    Spring Days

    George Moore

British Dictionary definitions for southdown



an English breed of sheep with short wool and a greyish-brown face and legs

Word Origin for Southdown

C18: so called because it was originally bred on the South Downs
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