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shire - Shires in Great Britain, Shires in Australia, Shires in United States (Virginia)

The largest breed of horse, developed in England from war-horses used to carry knights in armour; used for farm work; height, 17–18 hands/1·7–1·8 m/5 ft 8 in–6 ft; black or brown and white; convex face; long legs with hair covering hooves.

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