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Leices·ter 1

A borough of central England east-northeast of Birmingham. Built on the site of a Roman settlement, it is an important industrial center.

Leices·ter 2

1. Any of a breed of large, white-faced sheep having long coarse wool, developed in Leicestershire, a county of central England.
2. A hard cheese similar to Cheddar and usually orange.


1. (Placename) a city in central England, in Leicester unitary authority, on the River Soar: administrative centre of Leicestershire: Roman remains and a ruined Norman castle; two universities (1957, 1992); light engineering, hosiery, and footwear industries. Pop: 283 900 (2003 est)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in central England, in Leicestershire. Pop: 330 574 (2001). Area: 73 sq km (28 sq miles)
3. (Placename) short for Leicestershire
4. (Breeds) a breed of sheep with long wool, originally from Leicestershire
5. (Cookery) a fairly mild dark orange whole-milk cheese, similar to Cheddar


(Biography) Earl of. title of Robert Dudley. ?1532–88, English courtier; favourite of Elizabeth I. He led an unsuccessful expedition to the Netherlands (1585–87)


(ˈlɛs tər)

1. 1st Earl of, Dudley, Robert.
2. a city in Leicestershire, in central England. 293,400.
4. one of an English breed of large sheep, noted for its coarse, long wool and large yield of mutton.
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Bosworth Field - the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses (1485); Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor was crowned as Henry VII
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Leicester - an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
2.Leicester - an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
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Leicester, Leicestershire - a largely agricultural county in central England
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A blue-faced Leicester tup is enjoying 30 yows not good enough to put to the Swaledale tup to breed pedigree.
One Scottish breeder with rams presently in quarantine represents the best of British genes--Texel, Suffolk, and Blue-faced Leicester.
Winning an Associateship, with his submission "Improving Blue-faced Leicester sheep", was Elfyn Owen of Llanddoged, Conwy.
Around 7,000 visitors are expected to turn out on the day, when tours of the Marston's Lakeland farm - home to the wellknown North of England muleproducing Highberries Crossing Blue-Faced Leicester flock - will be offered.
Another quality indicator is the price paid each year for the 20 to 30 Blue-Faced Leicester rams sold at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales each year.
After 31 years of trying, Llanrwst breeder Elfyn Owen finally got his hands on a Royal Welsh interbreed sash when winning the supreme lowland sheep championship with a Blue-Faced Leicester yearling ram.
The second highest sale price of 4,800gns went to Anglesey breeders Myrfyn and Jane Roberts for their Blue-Faced Leicester lamb, which took the breed championship to the family's Myfyrian flock for the second consecutive year.