Dorset n a county in SW England, on the English Channel: mainly hilly but low-lying in the east: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Bournemouth and Poole, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Dorchester. Pop. (including unitary authorities): 673000 (1994 est.). Area (including unitary authorities): 2654 sq. km (1024 sq. miles)
n a breed of stocky sheep having a broad head, dark face, and a dense fleece: kept for lamb production
n a breed of horned sheep with dense fine-textured wool
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