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nounShetland, Scottish, Orkney
An area of former wasteland or common pasture enclosed for cultivation or raising livestock. (Frequently in place names.).
Late 15th century. From the unattested Norn reflex of the early Scandinavian word represented by Old Icelandic kví pen, enclosure, Faroese kvíggj, Norwegian kve, Swedish regional kvi, kvia, further etymology uncertain; perhaps from the same Indo-European base as Umbrian bio enclosure.
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