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From Middle English scharn, from Old English scearn (sharn, dung, muck, filth), from Proto-Germanic *skarną (manure), from Proto-Indo-European *sker- (dung, manure). Cognate with North Frisian skern (dung, manure), Danish, Swedish, and Icelandic skarn (dung).



sharn (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly Scotland) The dung or manure of cattle or sheep.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 19:
      right between the byre and the stable and the barn on one side and the house on the other was the cattle-court and right in the middle of that the midden, high and yellow with dung and straw and sharn, and Mistress Strachan could never forgive Peesie's Knapp because of that awful smell it had.

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