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A city in central England, on the River Soar, the county town of Leicestershire; population 294,900 (est. 2009). It was founded as a Roman settlement where the Fosse Way crosses the Soar (AD 50–100).
1(also Red Leicester)mass noun A kind of mild, firm orange cheese originally made in Leicestershire.‘Grate some Cheddar and some Red Leicester to provide a nice change.’
2(also Border Leicester)A sheep of a breed often crossed with other breeds to produce lambs for the meat industry.‘The first Border Leicesters were introduced into Otago from Scotland by the New Zealand and Australian Land Co. in 1859.’
3(also Blue-faced Leicester)A sheep of a breed similar to the Border Leicester, but with finer wool and a darker face.‘This sheep produces a brilliant big Mule lamb, a cross with a Blue-faced Leicester.’