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[dev-uh n] /ˈdɛv ən/
one of an English breed of red cattle, bred for beef and milk.
one of an English breed of sheep, bred for its long, coarse wool. Unabridged
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  • His father was a man of good family and position at Ilsington in Devon.

  • All the charity, all the gifts were for the members of the crew of the Pride of Devon.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • In addition to the works on Devon Post, which were manned by the Regiment, a half-company picquet was told off nightly.

  • There we saw the castle where Kingsley's Rose of Devon was imprisoned.

  • Zoomerzett and Devon a vighting; and the Doones have drashed 'em both.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for Devon


(Austral) a bland processed meat in sausage form, eaten cold in slices
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named after Devon


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)
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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