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Herdwick Line breaks: Herd|wick
Pronunciation: /ˈhəːdwɪk/

Definition of Herdwick in English:


A sheep of a hardy mountain breed from the north of England.
Example sentences
  • For a start, hardy breeds like Herdwicks don't have as many lambs as their lowland counterparts.
  • Breeds such as Herdwicks, Lonks, Rough Fells and Dalesbred exist in large numbers and are commercially farmed, but nevertheless are threatened to extinction when a disease such as foot-and-mouth hits their homelands.
  • Their first target in the race against time is the Herdwick breed of sheep which are nearly all in the Lake District.


Early 19th century: from (now obsolete) herdwick 'pasture ground' (see herd, wick2), perhaps because this breed originated in the pasture grounds of Furness Abbey.

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