silflay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by Richard Adams in Watership Down as part of the fictional language Lapine, which in the story is spoken by rabbits. The word silflay (to eat outdoors) is derived from silf (outdoors) + flay (food).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

silflay (uncountable)

  1. (of rabbits) The act of eating outdoors.
    • 1981, Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, The Trials of Worzel Gummidge, (Puffin, →ISBN, p. 171:
      Rabbits were out on silflay, and fat spiders hung motionless in the centre of damp webs.
    • 1984, Town and Country Planning, Volume 53, Issue 10, p. 287:
      Picnickers, golden eagles and bunnies sunning themselves on silflay will therefore be glad that FoE has drawn up a set of guidelines for local authorities and a code of conduct for ATB users.
    • 2003, Stephen King, The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (2nd edition; New York: Viking; →ISBN, p. 142:
      Three rabbits came, and once they were at silflay the gunslinger pulled leather. He took them down, skinned them, gutted them, and brought them back to the camp.
    • 2011, Rupert Schmitt, The Mad Professor (Bloomington: iUniverse, →ISBN, p. 485:
      If I’m a rabbit I jump at sounds. I live in a burrow of motors. I want to jump, but cannot. The ceiling is too low in this burrow. Only rarely can I go out to silflay. I am aware of the coming and going of the sun because of a distant glow. I can barely perceive the white incandescence.