Definition of shieling in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːlɪŋ
(also shealing)


1A roughly constructed hut used while pasturing animals.
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  • There they lived in settlements of temporary huts called in Ireland booleys (Irish ‘buaile’, ‘cattle-pound’) and in Scotland ‘shielings’, where they made butter and cheese and other dairy products such as ‘bonnyclabber’ or soured milk.
  • In the glen are ancient, horn-shaped stone remains, which were probably used as summer shielings.
  • Of the old shielings that once graced the banks of the river here only the rocks remain.
1.1An area of pasture.


mid 16th century: from Scots shiel 'hut' (of unknown origin) + -ing1.

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