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 (bûrk′shîr′, -shər)
Any of a breed of black swine with white markings on the nose, feet, and tail.

[After Berkshire, a county of south-central England.]
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(ˈbɑːkʃɪə; -ʃə)
1. (Placename) a historic county of S England: since reorganization in 1974 the River Thames has marked the N boundary while the Berkshire Downs occupy central parts; the county council was replaced by six unitary authorities in 1998. Area: 1259 sq km (486 sq miles). Abbreviation: Berks
2. (Breeds) a rare breed of pork and bacon pig having a black body and white points
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(ˈbɜrk ʃɪər, -ʃər; Brit. ˈbɑrk-)

1. Also called Berks (bûrks; Brit. bärks). a county in S England. 752,500; 485 sq. mi. (1255 sq. km).
2. any of an English breed of black hogs having white markings on the feet, face, and tail.
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Noun1.Berkshire - a county in southern England
Eton College - a public school for boys founded in 1440; located in Berkshire
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Reading - a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
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The following year was passed at Pittsfield, Mass., where he engaged in work on his uncle's farm, long known as the 'Van Schaack place.' This uncle was Thomas Melville, president of the Berkshire Agricultural Society, and a successful gentleman farmer.
We were Berkshire, or Gloucestershire, or Yorkshire boys; and you're young cosmopolites, belonging to all countries and no countries.
A short time ago, I was favored with a flying visit from my young friend Eustace Bright, whom I had not before met with since quitting the breezy mountains of Berkshire. It being the winter vacation at his college, Eustace was allowing himself a little relaxation, in the hope, he told me, of repairing the inroads which severe application to study had made upon his health; and I was happy to conclude, from the excellent physical condition in which I saw him, that the remedy had already been attended with very desirable success.
Many people in Berkshire, Surrey, and Middlesex must have seen the fall of it, and, at most, have thought that another meteorite had descended.
They had met at Lady Berkshire's the night that Rubinstein played there, and after that used to be always seen together at the opera and wherever good music was going on.
His short neck was thick like that of a Berkshire bull; his shoulders were set far back, and his arms sprouted therefrom like two oak limbs.
[Calmly.] Oh, ten years ago, on Lady Berkshire, from whom you stole it.
A perfectly lovely little black Berkshire pig stood smiling beside him.
From now on the forces of Torn were employed in repeated attacks on royalist barons, encroaching ever and ever southward until even Berkshire and Surrey and Sussex felt the weight of the iron hand of the outlaw.
"He is reported in the neighbourhood of Albany--out towards the Berkshire Hills.
Few things are more satisfactory to me than a high-grade Berkshire or Poland China pig.
"The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, and Hampshire in the west.

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