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nounShetland, Scottish, Orkney
A barrel-shaped wide-meshed basket or net made from straw, heather, or a similar material, usually hung on a packsaddle and used for carrying heavy or bulky loads.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Hibbert (1782–1848), antiquary and geologist. From maise + -y.
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