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Examples from the Web for shetland

Historical Examples of shetland

  • 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?

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

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet

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

    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

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
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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.

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