One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A city in central England, on the River Soar, the county town of Leicestershire; population 294,900 (est. 2009). It was founded as a Roman settlement where the Fosse Way crosses the Soar (AD 50–100).
1mass noun A kind of mild, firm orange cheese originally made in Leicestershire.
- ‘Grate some Cheddar and some Red Leicester to provide a nice change.’
2A sheep of a breed often crossed with other breeds to produce lambs for the meat industry.
- ‘The first Border Leicesters were introduced into Otago from Scotland by the New Zealand and Australian Land Co. in 1859.’
3A sheep of a breed similar to the Border Leicester, but with finer wool and a darker face.
- ‘This sheep produces a brilliant big Mule lamb, a cross with a Blue-faced Leicester.’
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