Southdown sheep
Southdown South"down`, a. Of or pertaining to the South Downs, a range of pasture hills south of the Thames, in England. [1913 Webster]

{Southdown sheep} (Zo["o]l.), a celebrated breed of shortwooled, hornless sheep, highly valued on account of the delicacy of their flesh. So called from the South Downs where the breed originated. [1913 Webster]


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  • Southdown (sheep) — The Southdown is a small, dual purpose British sheep. Today it is raised in many parts of the world. It has evolved into two sub breeds. The Southdown raised by commercial growers today, is somewhat larger than the traditional Southdown of years… …   Wikipedia

  • Southdown — South down , a. Of or pertaining to the South Downs, a range of pasture hills south of the Thames, in England. [1913 Webster] {Southdown sheep} (Zo[ o]l.), a celebrated breed of shortwooled, hornless sheep, highly valued on account of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Southdown — South down , n. A Southdown sheep. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Southdown — can mean one of several things:*Southdown is a breed of sheep *Southdown, New Zealand is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand **Southdown Freezing Works, a large abattoir in Auckland *Southdown is a local name for the area north of Worthing, Sussex …   Wikipedia

  • Southdown — [south′doun΄] n. [after SOUTH DOWNS] any of a breed of small, thickset sheep yielding a high quality short staple wool, but raised esp. for food …   English World dictionary

  • Southdown — /sowth down /, n. one of an English breed of sheep, yielding mutton of high quality. [1780 90; named after SOUTH DOWNS, where the breed was developed] * * * ▪ breed of sheep  breed of medium wool, dark faced, hornless sheep originating in the… …   Universalium

  • Southdown — noun One of a particular English breed of small sheep. I saw a Southdown or two among the others in the flock …   Wiktionary

  • sheep — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. ram, ewe, lamb; bighorn, karakul; mutton; congregation, parish; follower. See animal, laity, modesty. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. lamb, ewe, ram, tup, mutton. Types and breeds of sheep include: Leicester …   English dictionary for students

  • sheep breeds — Charollais, Cheviot, Columbia, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Lincoln, Merino (There are 10 distinct breeds of Merino type sheep), Rambouillet, Southdown, Shropshire Suffolk …   Combined glossary of agriculture

  • Southdown — noun Etymology: South Downs, England Date: 1787 any of a breed of small medium wooled hornless sheep of English origin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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