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Two roughly parallel ranges of chalk hills in southeast England. The North Downs extend about 160 km (100 mi) from west to east; the South Downs, about 105 km (65 mi).
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1. (Physical Geography) Also called: downland rolling upland, esp in the chalk areas of S Britain, characterized by lack of trees and used mainly as pasture
2. Austral and NZ a flat grassy area, not necessarily of uplands
1. (Placename) any of various ranges of low chalk hills in S England, esp the South Downs in Sussex
2. (Placename) a roadstead off the SE coast of Kent, protected by the Goodwin Sands
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1. a range of low ridges in S and SW England.
2. a roadstead in the Strait of Dover, between SE England and Goodwin Sands.
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