One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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