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A suckling lamb. def. syn.
A dilkur in a fold. def.


The term dilkur is an old one[1] and used to refer to the youngs of any live stock—be they sheep, horses, pigs or cattle—that follow its mother. It comes from Latin and it has many counter parts in related languages.[1]



dilkur m ‎(genitive singular dilks, nominative plural dilkar)

  1. a suckling lamb, a lamb at springtime fig. syn.
  2. a foal or a calf that suckles its mother
  3. an enclosed part of a fold; the small folds surrounding a sheepfold fig.
    Hver bær hefur sinn dilk.
    Each town has its own enclosure.

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  • In the old agricultural society,[1] lambs were færð frá ‎(separated from) the mother soon after the springbearings[1] in June and driven to the mountains while the ewes were kept and milked at home over summer (this time was called fráfærur and separated lambs were called fráfærulömb or fráfærnalömb).[1] Younglings would occasionally follow their mothers throughout the summer and suckle the milk; the lamb would then be called dilkur and the ewe dilksuga ‎(suckled by a dilkur)—folaldssuga ‎(suckled by a foal) would be used if the same happened to a foal.[1] When the meat of sheep and lamb became a commodity farmers stopped separating the lambs from the ewes and let them suckle their mothers throughout the summer, making them heftier than before come fall.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 http://www.arnastofnun.is/page/arnastofnun_ord_pistlar_dilkur Orðapistill] — dilkur