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  • shawe (13th-17th centuries)


Old English sceaga, scaga. Cognate with Old Norse skógr ‎(forest, wood), whence Danish skov ‎(forest).



shaw ‎(plural shaws)

  1. (dated) A thicket; a small wood or grove.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IX, chapter xxxix:
      Thenne said sire kay I requyre you lete vs preue this aduenture / I shal not fayle you said sir Gaherys / and soo they rode that tyme tyl a lake / that was that tyme called the peryllous lake / And there they abode vnder the shawe of the wood
    • 1936, Alfred Edward Housman, More Poems, V, lines 1-2
      The snows are fled away, leaves on the shaws, / And grasses in the mead renew their birth,
  2. (Scotland) The leaves and tops of vegetables, especially potatoes and turnips.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon, 2006 (A Scots Quair), p.35:
      Up here the hills were brave with the beauty and the heat of it, but the hayfield was still all a crackling dryness and in the potato park beyond the biggings the shaws drooped red and rusty already.





shaw (plural shaws)

  1. A show.
  2. (in the plural) shaws - The stalks and leaves of root vegetables.


shaw ‎(third-person singular present shaws, present participle shawin, past shawt, past participle shawt)

  1. To show.