Definition of birlinn in English:
A large rowing boat or barge of a kind formerly used in the Western Islands of Scotland.
- The birlinns or galleys used to come up the loch to here.
- Galleys are direct descendants of Viking ships - the Gaelic name birlinn probably derives from byrdingr, a type of small Norse cargo vessel.
- Even while Sweno spoke, the birlinn touched a low sea-hidden ledge of rock.
Late 16th century: Scottish Gaelic.
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