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Old English Bearrocscir (893), from an ancient Celtic name meaning "hilly place" + Old English scir "shire, district."
county, southeastern Pennsylvania, U.S., bounded to the north by Blue Mountain. It consists mostly of mountainous terrain in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley physiographic province-except for the southern corner, which consists of rolling piedmont. The principal streams are the Schuylkill and Conestoga rivers and Maiden, Hay, Northkill, Tulpehocken, Allegheny, Monocacy, and Manatawny creeks. Recreation areas include Ontelaunee and Blue Marsh lakes, as well as Nolde Forest and French Creek state parks. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail follows Blue Mountain along the northwestern edge of the county.