Hampshire Down

Hampshire

[hamp-sheer, -sher]
noun
1.
Also called Hants. a county in S England. 1460 sq. mi. (3780 sq. km).
2.
Also called Hampshire Down. one of an English breed of sheep having a dark face, ears, and legs, noted for the rapid growth of its lambs.
3.
one of an English breed of black hogs having a broad band of white over the shoulders and front legs.
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Hampshire1 (ˈhæmpˌʃɪə, -ʃə)
 
n
Hants a county of S England, on the English Channel: crossed by the Hampshire Downs and the South Downs, with the New Forest in the southwest and many prehistoric and Roman remains: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Portsmouth and Southampton, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Winchester. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 1 251 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3679 sq km (1420 sq miles)

Hampshire2 (ˈhæmpʃə)
 
n
Sir Stuart. 1914--2004, British philosopher: his publications include Thought and Action (1959), Two Theories of Morality (1977), and Innocence and Experience (1989)

Hampshire Down
 
n
a breed of stocky sheep having a dark face and dense close wool, originating from Hampshire, S England

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Hampshire
reduced from O.E. Hamtunscir; named for the city of Southampton, which originally was simply Hamtun. Norman scribes mangled the county name to Hauntunescire, later Hantescire, hence the abbrev. Hants.
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