Definition of Swaledale in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsweɪldeɪl/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A sheep of a small hardy breed with long, coarse wool.
Example sentences
  • Herdwick, Swaledale and Rough Fell sheep were among the breeds worst hit by the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.
  • Wool from Swaledales is virtually worthless, while the male lambs which are destined for the butcher grow slowly and have a poor meat yield.
  • At this time the breeds of sheep kept in the fells of Westmorland were Scotch Blackface, Rough Fell and Swaledales.


Early 20th century: from the name of a region in North Yorkshire.

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