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Shropshire

[shrop-sheer, -sher] /ˈʃrɒp ʃɪər, -ʃər/
noun
1.
a former county in W England, now part of Salop.
2.
one of an English breed of dark-faced sheep, yielding good mutton and white wool.
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Shropshire

/ˈʃrɒpˌʃɪə; -ʃə/
noun
1.
a county of W central England: Telford and Wrekin became an independent unitary authority in 1998, and the remaining county of Shropshire became a unitary authority in 2009; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Shrewsbury. Pop (excluding Telford and Wrekin): 286 700 (2003 est). Area (excluding Telford and Wrekin): 3201 sq km (1236 sq miles)
2.
a breed of medium-sized sheep having a dense fleece, originating from Shropshire and Staffordshire, England
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Word Origin and History for Shropshire

shortened form of the old spelling of Shrewsbury + shire.

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