Definition of schelly in English:


(Scottish skelly)


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 18th century: a local name.