One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large sheep of a breed with short thick wool.
- ‘First, flocks of pure mountain breeds - Swaledale and Dales bred in the Pennines, Herdwicks in the Lake District, Cheviots on the Scottish Borders, and Blackfaces in the Highlands - are maintained on moorland.’
- ‘While the Scotch yearling ram class was the principal event, the lowland classes showcasing the Texel, Suffolk and Cheviot breeds are gaining good prominence.’
- ‘Meat from Cheviots is available from October until April when Blackface meat takes over for the remaining six months, ensuring all-year supplies of fresh lamb.’
- ‘Being the progeny of two hill breeds, the Ox Cheviots have extra hybrid vigour, are hardy, prolific and excellent mothers who get on with the job of lambing with little or no assistance.’
- ‘He aims for the French trade with his lambs which are from Cheviot x Blackface Ewes mated to a Suffolk / Texel Ram and Blackface ewes mated to a Cheviot or Blackface ram.’
- 1.1mass noun The wool or tweed cloth obtained from the Cheviot sheep.
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