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thwaite

noun (in place names)
  1. a piece of land cleared from forest or reclaimed from wasteland
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Word Origin

from Old Norse thveit paddock
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Examples from the Web for thwaite

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • "It's an ill wind as blows nobody good," said Thwaite himself.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Thwaite's wife had a practical enough explanation of the case.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's

    Frances Hodgson Burnett


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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