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nounShetland, Orkney, Scottish
Late twilight, dusk.
Late 18th century. Either the reflex of a borrowing from early Scandinavian, or from mirken + -ing. In Orkney and Shetland use from the unattested Norn reflex of the early Scandinavian word represented by the Scandinavian forms listed above.
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