Herdwick

noun

Herd·​wick
ˈhərˌdwik
1
: a British breed of very hardy coarse-wooled mountain sheep
2
or herdwick plural Herdwicks or herdwicks : an animal of the Herdwick breed

Word History

Etymology

from obsolete herdwick pasture ground, from Middle English, from hierde, herde herdsman + wick; from the breed's having been developed on the herdwicks of the Abbey of Furness in Lancashire, England

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“Herdwick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Herdwick. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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