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Devon

[dev-uh n] /ˈdɛv ən/
noun
2.
one of an English breed of red cattle, bred for beef and milk.
3.
one of an English breed of sheep, bred for its long, coarse wool.
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  • In medieval times Devon was an important sheep rearing county.
  • North Devon has an underdeveloped economy for a number of reasons.
British Dictionary definitions for Devon

devon

/ˈdɛvən/
noun
1.
(Austral) a bland processed meat in sausage form, eaten cold in slices
Word Origin
named after Devon

Devon

/ˈdɛvən/
noun
1.
Also called Devonshire. a county of SW England, between the Bristol Channel and the English Channel, including the island of Lundy: the geographic and ceremonial county includes Plymouth and Torbay, which became independent unitary authorities in 1998; hilly, rising to the uplands of Exmoor and Dartmoor, with wooded river valleys and a rugged coastline. Administrative centre: Exeter. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 714 900 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 6569 sq km (2536 sq miles)
2.
a breed of large red beef cattle originally from Devon
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Word Origin and History for Devon

county name, Old English Defena(scir), late 9c., "(territory of the) Dumnonii," a Celtic name. As a type of cattle, from 1834.

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