So the scouts rode on in silence, noting the half-buried skeletons of cattle which were strewn plentifully on all sides.
Cutter often threatened to chop down the cedar trees which half-buried the house.
Inexpressibly eerie sounded the half-buried voice of the singer in that Solitary place.
Sunny sat down to rest a minute, on a half-buried tree-stump.
Bright water-courses, springing up in the depths of these ravines, sustain the streaks of half-buried verdure.
I lay for a moment where I had fallen, half-buried and blind.
half-buried in the soft turf that clothes the rocky brows of a low headland in the West there lies an ancient carronade.
They were all now upon their sides, half-buried in the bunch grass.
Sigrid's rosy cheeks were half-buried in her plump arm, which was thrown up over her head.
Another sword was lying twenty yards away, half-buried in the sand.
Old English byrgan "to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter," akin to beorgan "to shelter," from Proto-Germanic *burzjan- "protection, shelter" (cf. Old Saxon bergan, Dutch bergen, Old Norse bjarga, Swedish berga, Old High German bergan "protect, shelter, conceal," German bergen, Gothic bairgan "to save, preserve"), from PIE root *bhergh- "protect, preserve" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brego "I preserve, guard"). Related: Buried; burying. Burying-ground "cemetery" attested from 1711.
The Old English -y- was a short "oo" sound, like modern French -u-. Under normal circumstances it transformed into Modern English -i- (e.g. bridge, kiss, listen, sister), but in bury and a few other words (e.g. merry, knell) it retained a Kentish change to "e" that took place in the late Old English period. In the West Midlands, meanwhile, the Old English -y- sound persisted, slightly modified over time, giving the standard modern pronunciation of blush, much, church.