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shire

noun uk   /ʃaɪər/ us    /ʃaɪr/
[C] UK old use a county, now used in combination in the names of many British counties: Yorkshire Oxfordshire the shires [plural] UK the central rural counties of England, such as Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire
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