romney marsh

Romney

[rom-nee, ruhm-]
noun
one of an English breed of hardy sheep, having coarse, long wool.
Also called Romney Marsh.


Origin:
named after a district in southwestern England

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Romney (ˈrɒmnɪ, ˈrʌm-)
 
n
George. 1734--1802, English painter, who painted more than 50 portraits of Lady Hamilton in various historical roles

Romney Marsh (ˈrɒmnɪ, ˈrʌm-)
 
n
1.  a marshy area of SE England, on the Kent coast between New Romney and Rye: includes Dungeness
2.  a type of hardy British sheep from this area, with long wool, bred for mutton

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romney marsh

extensive tract of flat land with an area of about 25,000 acres (about 10,000 hectares) bordering the English Channel in Shepway district in the administrative and historic county of Kent, England. It extends from Hythe in the north to the Dungeness promontory in the south. It has emerged from the sea since Roman times, partly by natural accretion and partly by dyking and reclamation. This marshland possesses some of the finest grazing land in Britain. Romney Marsh sheep, a long-wool variety, have earned worldwide renown and are especially important in Australia and New Zealand. The Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch narrow-gauge railway attracts many visitors.

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