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Birkenhead, city (1991 pop. 99,075) and port, Wirral metropolitan borough, W central England, at the mouth of the Mersey River; connected with Liverpool by the Mersey tunnel. Birkenhead has extensive docks. There are engineering, food-processing and clothing plants. Milling and shipbuilding were responsible for Birkenhead's rapid growth in the 19th cent.

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