One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
A small stream or rill, typically one that flows through marshy ground and is often dry in summer.
- ‘The sike is almost dry but erosion and wetland plants show its position in the dip.’
- ‘The tumult here of the combined roaring from Glendue Burn, which was in full spate, and the springs and sikes that were joining it was quite deafening and the air was filled with spray.’
- ‘As we descended the Common toward Glendue Burn the Pennine Way actually shared its route with a sike, which seemed to be carrying the excess water from the moor in the direction of Glendue Burn, the same way that we were traveling.’
Old English sīc.
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