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thwaite

/θweɪt/
noun (in place names)
1.
a piece of land cleared from forest or reclaimed from wasteland
Word Origin
from Old Norse thveit paddock
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  • My mouth's watering so for that thwaite currant jelly, you can't think.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • How blessedly happy Joanie and the children were yesterday at the thwaite!

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • I'm always looking at the thwaite, and thinking how nice it is that you are there.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • thwaite's wife had a practical enough explanation of the case.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "It's an ill wind as blows nobody good," said thwaite himself.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I hope that you may disregard your business now without imprudence, Mr. thwaite.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope
  • Oh, Mr. thwaite; there are reasons;—you must know that there are reasons.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope
  • It is not often that we write one cheque for a bigger sum than that, Mr. thwaite.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope
  • I think, you know, Mr. thwaite, that the Countess also has been generous.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope
  • Tell Mr. thwaite that I will not keep him above a quarter of an hour.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope
Word Origin and History for thwaite
n.

"cleared land," 1620s, from Old Norse or Old Danish þveit "a clearing, meadow, paddock," literally "cutting, cut-piece" (related to Old English þwitan "to cut, cut off"). Always a rare word and now obsolete, but frequently encountered in place names, but "It is unclear whether the base meaning was 'something cut off, detached piece of land,' or 'something cut down, felled tree' ..." [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].

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