Definition of Southdown in English:



  • A sheep of a breed raised especially for mutton, originally on the South Downs of Hampshire and Sussex.

    • ‘I think the Southdown has rather an endearing appearance owing to its puffy woolly cheeks and teddy bear look.’
    • ‘From the 19th century onwards, it was not uncommon to see flocks of a thousand Southdowns on the large estates in the south.’
    • ‘Her heart lies with these older breeds, especially the Southdown.’
    • ‘Mrs Beeton considered that Southdowns had a better flavour, and noted that, for these, demand exceeded supply.’
    • ‘The Norfolk Horn was used along with Southdowns in the development of the Suffolk breed of sheep.’