1Attributive Designating a small, docile, hornless breed of sheep, bred for both meat and wool; designating a sheep of this breed.
2Attributive Designating wool and meat from a Ryeland sheep.
3A Ryeland sheep.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Culley (bap. 1735, d. 1813), agriculturist. From Ryeland, the name of a former district in Herefordshire, western England.