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1Designating a breed of black and white cattle from East Friesland. Now rare.
2Designating a breed of sheep originally from East Friesland, kept chiefly for their milk, and having a distinctive thin, wool-free tail and pale hooves.
The East Friesian breed of sheep; a sheep of this breed.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Farmer's Magazine. From east + Frisian, after the name of East Friesland (German Ostfriesland), a German coastal region in the northwest of Lower Saxony.
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