Definition of schelly in English:


(Scottish skelly)


  • A powan (fish) of a variety occurring only in three lakes in the English Lake District.

    • ‘The aim of the byelaws is to protect populations of rare fish, including vendace, schelly and arctic charr, which live in Cumbria's lakes.’
    • ‘Pumping water from the lakes into Haweswater could even benefit rare species by avoiding a ‘serious mortality’ of schelly, a rare fish, in the reservoir.’
    • ‘We are privileged to have internationally important fish stocks on our doorstep, including salmon in the River Kent, and rare species such as char and schelly in the nearby lakes.’


Mid 18th century: a local name.