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machair

Line breaks: mach|air
Pronunciation: /ˈmakə
 
, ˈmaxə
 
/

Definition of machair in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In Scotland, especially the Western Isles) low-lying arable or grazing land formed near the coast by the deposition of sand and shell fragments by the wind: machair is the focus of most Hebridean crofting agriculture [count noun]: machairs occupy long stretches of the western seaboard
More example sentences
  • On Iona, the threat is to its white sand beaches and the coastal machair which protects low-lying areas further inland.
  • On the lower ground, choose a line which leads over crofting machair land to a tractor track back to the village.
  • The Atlantic Ocean has created a sandy plain, known as machair, which blankets the west coast of the whole island chain, providing some very fertile soils.

Origin

late 17th century: from Scottish Gaelic.

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