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downs /daʊnz/ pl n

  1. 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 NZ a flat grassy area, not necessarily of uplands

Downs /daʊnz/ n the Downs
  1. any of various ranges of low chalk hills in S England, esp the South Downs in Sussex
  2. a roadstead off the SE coast of Kent, protected by the Goodwin Sands

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