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[sel-kurk] /ˈsɛl kɜrk/
Alexander (originally Alexander Selcraig) 1676–1721, Scottish sailor marooned on a Pacific island: supposed prototype of Robinson Crusoe.
Also called Selkirkshire
[sel-kurk-sheer, -sher] /ˈsɛl kɜrkˌʃɪər, -ʃər/ (Show IPA)
. a historic county in SE Scotland. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The grounds of the Earl of Selkirk had been his early playground.

  • It was a fine one—ducks, venison, and vegetables raised by the Selkirk refugees.

  • Then, I knew his anger was against Lord Selkirk and not against me for sleeping.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • I was taken for a Selkirk Highlander and we easily gained entrance.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Selkirk's state of mind may be inferred from two or three facts.

  • Whom does he find on the shores of the lake but Selkirk's dispersed colonists!

  • You see, my dear Selkirk, in human nature the attraction is towards the opposite.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • Selkirk Avenue was not then the congested district that it is to-day.

    Irish Ned Samuel Fea
  • Descendants of that Selkirk who had lived for long years on the island of Juan Fernandez!

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for Selkirk


Alexander. original name Alexander Selcraig. 1676–1721, Scottish sailor, who was marooned on one of the islets of Juan Fernández and is regarded as the prototype of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
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