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shelty

or sheltie

[shel-tee] /ˈʃɛl ti/
noun, plural shelties. Informal.
Origin of shelty
1640-1650
1640-50; shelt (< Old Norse hjaltr native of Shetland) + -y2
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  • "People might be walking about," I said to Angus when he lifted me from sheltie's back.

    The White People Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I had no bridle for my sheltie, but only a halter; and Joseph rode without a saddle.

  • We could get but one bridle here, which, according to the maxim detur digniori, was appropriated to Dr. Johnson's sheltie.

  • I asked our guide, a lad of fourteen years of age, what was the average price of a sheltie.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
British Dictionary definitions for sheltie

sheltie

/ˈʃɛltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
another name for Shetland pony, Shetland sheepdog
Word Origin
C17: probably from Orkney dialect sjalti, from Old Norse Hjalti Shetlander, from Hjaltland Shetland
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Word Origin and History for sheltie

Sheltie

n.

"small pony," 1640s, "Shetland pony," from Shelty, abbreviation of Sheltand, metathesis of Shetland. Or the word may represent the Orkney pronunciation of Old Norse Hjalti "Shetlander."

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