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1. Makeup for a conventionalized comic travesty of black people, especially in a minstrel show.
2. An actor wearing such makeup in a minstrel show.
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1. (Theatre)
a. a performer made up to imitate a Black person
b. the make-up used by such a performer, usually consisting of burnt cork
2. (Animals) a breed of sheep having a dark face
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a. black facial makeup, orig. burnt cork, worn by theatrical performers, esp. in minstrel shows.
b. a performer wearing such makeup.
2. a heavy-faced type.
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Noun1.blackface - the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negroblackface - the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
makeup, make-up, war paint - cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
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221 hoggs (32.1-39kg) Ave 187/ kg To 219p/kg Foregirth; Texel to PS81.50 Foregirth, PS77.50 Lanarkland; Cheviot to PS73.50 Glenmanna; Blackfaces to PS70 Woodfoot, PS68 Barbush 303 hoggs (39.1-45.5kg) Ave 187.7p/KGTO 210p/kg Rigghead; Suffolk to PS84.50 Rigghead, PS81.50 Woodfoot, PS79.50 Bettyknowes; Texel to PS84 Rigghead, PS80.50 PS80 Breconside PS80 Barnbarroch; Charrolais to PS84 Rigghead; North Country Cheviot to PS84 Auchencrieff; Cheviot to PS83 Glenmanna, PS79.50 Barnbarroch; Blackface to PS70 Maryholm.
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LONGTOWN November 5 The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart had forward 8,033 store lambs (including 2,044 Cheviots and 2,122 Blackfaces).
Both the Hill Cheviot and Blackfaces easily maintained late extreme rates with Hill Cheviots to PS67.50 Whitstonehill, PS67 Hopsrigg, PS66 Granton.
Suffolk to PS91.50 Moorfoot House, PS90 Upper Portrack North Country Cheviot to PS91 Auchencrieff, PS89 Upper Portrack Charollais to PS89.50 Riggheads Texel to PS89 Riggheads PS88 Shangan Cross to PS77 to South Mains 307 Cast Sheep: All classes sold at improved Ewes:Texel to PS101.50 Laightmuirsde PS99 Dalmakethar Cross to PS93 Dalmakethar PS68.50 Drumpark Blue Leicester to PS83.50 Auchens Cheviot to PS75 Dalmakethar PS62 Falgunzeon Zwartbles to PS72.50 Broomhill Bank Blackfaces to PS58.50 Bannister Hall Lane PS54.50 South Mains Rams : Lleyn to PS86 PS68 Dalmakethar Texel to PS81 Lag Farm Suffolk to PS80West Lanegate
Lightweight ewes to pounds 74.50 for Blackfaces from Derwent, pounds 64.50 Shielsknowe, pounds 62.50 Greensburn; Cheviots pounds 64.50 Commonside, pounds 60.50 Shaw of Dryffe & Glendinning, pounds 59.50 Chapel; Swaledales pounds 62.50 Greenburn, pounds 53.50 Newbiggin & Harwoodshield, pounds 50.50 Coldshield; Herdwicks pounds 46.50 North Gillbank; Jacobs pounds 40.50 Knights
Frank Hall will be master judge and will be assessing nine classes of Blackfaces supplied from the Tinnis, Kirkstead, Carrick, Sewingshields, Edges Green and Nilston Rigg flocks, Blue-faced Leicesters from Gallowshill, Mules from Lowesfell and Swaledales from Stonehall.
Feeding ewes to pounds 26.50 for Blackfaces from Macherquhat, pounds 25.50 Harsondale, pounds 24.50 Sewing Shields.
A top of pounds 40.20 for North Cheviots from Adderstonshield; others pounds 40.00 North Synton; Half-breds pounds 38.00 Adderstonshield; Texels pounds 38.00 Crookston Farms; Suffolks pounds 36.20 Foulshields; Greyfaces pounds 38.20 Crookston Farms; Beltex pounds 39.20 Beckses; Blackfaces pounds 32.50 Crookston Farms; Tup hoggs pounds 31.20 for Blackfaces from Borthwick Brae.
Home bred, she is one of the farm's 1,200 sheep ( 600 Scotch Blackfaces and 600 Cheviots.
The show consisted of two sections, which were the North of England Blackfaces and the Scottish Type Blackfaces.
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