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river, 97 mi (156 km) long, rising in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. It flows E through S Scotland then NE, forming the Scotland-England border for 17 mi (27 km) before entering the North Sea at Berwick, NE England. The Tweed system drains most of SE Scotland; the Gala, Ettrick, and Teviot are its chief tributaries. In Scotland the Tweed waters a sheep-farming region and passes PeeblesPeebles
, town (1991 pop. 6,750), Scottish Borders, S Scotland, at the confluence of Eddleston Water and the Tweed River. It is a mountain resort and a farm market with woolen mills. Ruins of a 13th-century church and castle remain.
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town (1991 pop. 2,221), Scottish Borders, S Scotland, on the Tweed River. It is the site of one of the finest ruins in Scotland—Melrose Abbey, owned by the nation and founded for Cistercians by David I in 1136.
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, and Kelso. The Tweed also has rich salmon fisheries.


rough, unfinished woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check, twill, or herringbone pattern. Subdued, interesting color effects (heather mixtures) are obtained by twisting together different-colored woolen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn. Tweeds are desirable for outer wear, being moisture resistant and very durable.



a river in Great Britain. The Tweed is 163 km long and drains an area of approximately 5,000 sq km. Originating in the Southern Uplands, it flows primarily in an easterly direction at first through a hilly region and then, in its lower course, over a plain. The mean flow rate in the lower course, at the city of Norham, is 83 cu m per sec. The Tweed empties into the North Sea and is navigable near its mouth at high tide. The city of Berwick-upon-Tweed is located at its mouth.


a. a thick woollen often knobbly cloth produced originally in Scotland
b. (as modifier): a tweed coat


a river in SE Scotland and NE England, flowing east and forming part of the border between Scotland and England, then crossing into England to enter the North Sea at Berwick. Length: 156 km (97 miles)
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It means the county which boasts the River Tweed now has its own fabric of the same name.
Lara had always been interested in the art behind the textiles and spent a year living on Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, capturing the story of the tweed and earning respect for the 140 weavers.
We have a true story about a child who was put to bed with the Tweed children one night in mistake by my father "Percy" Tweed, (his real name was Robert Rueben but was called Percy).
Any tweed can bring an air of elegance to an outfit, whether it is adorning a coat or patched on a bag.
The Teesside Tweed Run will see around 25 riders cycle through Middlesbrough and Stockton - wearing vintage tweed.
Jack Tweed, 24, pleaded guilty to punching Tom Grantham in the back of the head outside Deuces Bar and Lounge in Chigwell, Essex, in January.
Madonna's not the only celebrity to be ditching slinky outfits and shimmery fabrics in favour of traditional tweeds.
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TIME was when anyone under 40 wouldn't be seen in tweed, associated as it was with maiden aunts, long country walks in brogues and characters like Miss Marple.
Lynn Waites, Jack Cottrell and John Tanner, all regional directors of Tweeds Construction Consultants