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range of hills between Scotland and England, named for one of them, The Cheviot, attested from 12c. as Chiviet; of uncertain origin; the second element is perhaps Old English geat "gate."
breed of hardy, medium-wool, white-faced, hornless sheep developed in Scotland and Northumberland, England. Cheviots have no wool on their heads and ears or on their legs below the knees and hocks. As a consequence they present a trimmed and alert appearance. The wool of their fleeces is relatively straight, of moderate length, close set, and free from black fibre. Cheviots are frequently used in crossbreeding, especially with Border Leicesters and Lincolns, for market lambs
woollen fabric made originally from the wool of Cheviot sheep and now also made from other types of wool or from blends of wool and man-made fibres in plain or various twill weaves. Cheviot wool possesses good spinning qualities, since the fibre is fine, soft, and pliable. Cheviot fabric has a crispness of texture similar to serge but is slightly rougher and heavier