shieling

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Etymology[edit]

From Scots shiel (hut) (from Old Norse skjól (shelter, cover)) +‎ -ing.[1]. Akin to Danish skjul (cover).

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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.
    • 1836 Joanna Baillie, The Phantom, Act 1
      And what are twenty beds, when all the drovers,
      And all the shieling herdsmen from Bengorach,
      Must have a lair provided for the night.
    • 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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  1. ^ sheeling” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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