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

  • n. A large sheep of a breed originating in England.
  • n. A pig of a breed developed in the United States, having a black body with a white beltlike band.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A maritime county in the south of England bordered by Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and the English Channel; also includes the Isle of Wight.

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

  • n. British breed of hornless dark-faced domestic sheep
  • n. a county of southern England on the English Channel


After Hampshire, a county of southern England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
English ham + shire (county). The 'p' evolved phonetically between [m] and [sh], as with Thom'pl.'son. (Wiktionary)



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