One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounShetland, Orkney, Scottish
1The Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica.
2Shetland. An inhabitant of the island of Foula.
A copy of the Epitome of Navigation by J. W. Norie (originally published in 1805) or a successor publication, such as Norie's Nautical Tables (1936, etc.), regarded as a standard work of reference.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Brand (1669–1738), Church of Scotland minister and author. Origin uncertain; probably from the unattested Norn reflex of the early Scandinavian word represented by Icelandic nóri something small, probably ultimately from an ablaut variant (lengthened grade) of the Germanic base of narrow<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Cunningham (1789–1864), naval surgeon and pioneer in Australia. From the name of J. W. Norie, writer on navigation and founder of a nautical publishing house.
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