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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region of southwest England bordering on the English Channel. Occupied in Paleolithic times, it became part of Wessex in the eighth century.
  • n. Any of a breed of reddish cattle raised primarily for beef.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A county of England bordered by Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, the Bristol Channel and the English Channel.
  • proper n. Any of a number of places in US and Canada.
  • proper n. A male given name derived from the place name, or a variant of Devin.
  • proper n. A female given name of modern American usage, derived from the place name.
  • n. One of a breed of hardy cattle originating in Devon, England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a breed of hardy cattle originating in the country of Devon, England. Those of pure blood have a deep red color. The small, longhorned variety, called North Devons, is distinguished by the superiority of its working oxen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of a shire (Devonshire) in England, applied specifically to a breed of dairy cattle noted for their docility and the quality of their milk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a county in southwestern England
  • n. red dual-purpose cattle of English origin

Etymologies

After Devon 1, where the breed was originally developed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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