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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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  • But at this moment Surefoot is stretched more like a stone than a shelty in the land of Nod.

  • I can carry a ship through any sea a ship can live in; I could not drive a Shetland shelty down an empty street.

    Prisoners of Conscience Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The sons were about to cross a voe or ferry; but one was to take his shelty, while the rest were to go by the boat.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • When the deed was done the shelty was brought back to its tether as mysteriously as it had been taken away.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton

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