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black house

a type of thatched house, usually made of turf, formerly found in the highlands and islands of Scotland
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  • He lay in the big bedroom of the black house, and waited for the caressing hand of Death.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • Bedstefar's black house was decorated too, and the whole courtyard was covered with sprigs of juniper and fir.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • Note amongst those still standing the black house, as it is called, a grim, weird-looking building behind the theatre.

    The Story of Bruges Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • Elsie entered the little black house on the hill for the first time since her trip at the age of twelve, some eight years before.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • At once Freddie became fired with the desire to rush to a store, purchase a doll, and send it off to the little "black house."

  • It was a "black house," built of turf, roofed with divots (large thin turfs), and surrounded by a moat or ditch.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • Pausing before a low, black house, exactly like all the others, he pointed to it with his whip.

    An American Girl Abroad Adeline Trafton

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