shieling

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EtymologyEdit

From shiel, from Old Norse skjól (shelter, cover)[1]. Akin to Danish skjul (cover).

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NounEdit

shieling (plural shielings)

  1. An area of summer pasture used for cattle, sheep etc.
    • 1997, ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders, Penguin 2001, p. 182:
      The cattle at Mosfell were kept in a shieling, and Thordis stayed there while the Thing took place.
  2. A shepherd's hut or shack.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Conner, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, p. 39:
      Cabins and shielings had been torn down and burned.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ sheeling in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
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