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[shee-ling] /ˈʃi lɪŋ/
noun, Scot.


[shee-ling] /ˈʃi lɪŋ/
noun, Scot.
a pasture or grazing ground.
a shepherd's or herdsman's hut or rough shelter on or near a grazing ground.
Sometimes, shealing, shiel.
Origin of shieling
First recorded in 1560-70; shiel + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Searching the braes he could hear, after a little, Nan sing at the shealing hut.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • He replied that it was, and he instantly brought her into the shealing.

  • The shealing at the foot of Hungry mountain, he mentioned to Herbert as the rendezvous for the present.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • I rarely attempt anything beyond a peasant hut or a shealing.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Scale, possibly connected with shealing, is a Scandinavian word used in the north for a shepherd's hut, hence the surname Scales.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • The young man could not approach the shealing from either side without being seen.

  • We have found out a better site for a settlement than our present encampment, and Gerald and I mean to build a shealing.

    The Kangaroo Hunters

    Anne Bowman
  • She must leave Maam at the latest to-morrow night without being observed, and he must show her the way to Elasaid's shealing.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • And without a word more they proceeded towards the shealing that was to be the end of their adventure.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • In the shealing, she felt sure, there was not only counsel, but concealment if occasion demanded that.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for shealing


noun (mainly Scot)
a rough, sometimes temporary, hut or shelter used by people tending cattle on high or remote ground
pasture land for the grazing of cattle in summer
Word Origin
C16: from Middle English shale hut, of unknown origin
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