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swarth1

[swawrth]
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noun
  1. sward; greensward.

Origin of swarth1

before 900; Middle English; Old English swearth, variant of sweard skin, rind; see sward

swarth2

[swawrth]
adjective
  1. swarthy.

Origin of swarth2

unexplained variant of swart
Related formsswarth·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for swarth

Historical Examples

  • "Make a hangman's noose in the end of the rope," said Swarth.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

    Morgan Robertson

  • The villas with which London stands begirt, Like a swarth Indian with his belt of beads.

  • In Cumberland this apparition is known by the peasantry as a ‘swarth,’ and in Yorkshire by the name of a ‘waff.’

    The Ghost World

    T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer

  • Its outlines were too bold for a Spanish face, though the complexion, from tan and exposure, was brown and swarth.

  • Swarth suggests that the tern is not established at the Galapagos because of the presence of colder water in the area.