berkshires

Berkshire

[burk-sheer, -sher; British bahrk-sheer, -sher]
noun
1.
Also called Berks [burks; British bahrks] . a county in S England. 485 sq. mi. (1255 sq. km).
2.
one of an English breed of black hogs, having white markings on the feet, face, and tail.
3.
a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck.
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Berkshire Hills

[burk-sheer, -sher]
plural noun
a range of low mountains in W Massachusetts: resort region. Highest peak, Mt. Greylock, 3505 feet (1070 meters).
Also called Berkshires.
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Berkshire (ˈbɑːkʃɪə, -ʃə)
 
n
1.  Berks a historic county of S England: since reorganization in 1974 the River Thames has marked the N boundary while the Berkshire Downs occupy central parts; the county council was replaced by six unitary authorities in 1998. Area: 1259 sq km (486 sq miles)
2.  a rare breed of pork and bacon pig having a black body and white points

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Berkshire
O.E. Bearrocscir (893), from an ancient Celtic name meaning "hilly place" + O.E. scir "shire, district."
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Berkshires [(burk-sheerz, burk-shuhrz)]

Mountain chain in western Massachusetts.

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