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proper nounPlural guernseys, Plural Guernseys
An island in the English Channel, to the northwest of Jersey; population 65,900 (est. 2009); capital, St Peter Port. It is the second largest of the Channel Islands.
nounPlural guernseys, Plural Guernseys
1An animal of a breed of dairy cattle from Guernsey, noted for producing rich, creamy milk.
- ‘The collection, which was sold off following the owner's death, included dairy shorthorns which fetched £1,240, Ayrshires at £610, Aberdeen Angus cattle at £410, and Guernseys at £410.’
- ‘Besides Jerseys and Holsteins, other US dairy breeds such as Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys and Milking Shorthorn have been used successfully in pasture-based systems in different areas of the country.’
2A thick sweater made with oiled navy blue wool and originally worn by fishermen.
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