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noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of those who win honours, The Shetland Snark must have the 3rd class all to himself.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • Do you know where these lovely little Shetland ponies live when they are at home?

  • In Shetland, the Parmelia saxatilis (Scrottyie) is used to dye brown.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • Found on rocks and stones in Scotland, Shetland, and Scandinavia.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • The name given to a long fishing-line in the Shetland Isles.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Arms or inlets of the sea, or sounds, in the Shetland and Orkney Isles.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I was impressed with this fact in visiting a greenhouse in the Shetland Islands.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • Use 2-fold Shetland zephyr, or any similar yarn of moderate twist.

  • It must have been far more jolly in Shetland then than it is now.

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
  • "Never heard of such a thing in Shetland before," growled Tom.

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
British Dictionary definitions for Shetland


Also called Shetland Islands. a group of about 100 islands (fewer than 20 inhabited), off the N coast of Scotland, which constitute an island authority of Scotland: a Norse dependency from the 8th century until 1472; noted for the breeding of Shetland ponies, knitwear manufacturing, and fishing; oil-related industries. Administrative centre: Lerwick. Pop: 21 870 (2003 est). Area: 1426 sq km (550 sq miles) Official name (until 1974) Zetland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Shetland

group of islands north of Scotland, from Old Norse Hjaltland; in reference to a type of pony, 1801; as a breed of sheep, 1794.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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