Shetland

Shetland Islands

[shet-luhnd]
noun
an island group NE of the Orkney Islands: northernmost part of Great Britain. 550 sq. mi. (1425 sq. km).
Also called Shetland, Zetland.

Shetland Islander, noun
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Shetland (ˈʃɛtlənd)
 
n
Also called: Shetland Islands, Official name (until 1974): Zetland a group of about 100 islands (fewer than 20 inhabited), off the N coast of Scotland, which constitute an island authority of Scotland: a Norse dependency from the 8th century until 1472; noted for the breeding of Shetland ponies, knitwear manufacturing, and fishing; oil-related industries. Administrative centre: Lerwick. Pop: 21 870 (2003 est). Area: 1426 sq km (550 sq miles)

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Shetland
group of islands north of Scotland, from O.N. Hjaltland; in ref. to a type of pony, 1801; as a breed of sheep, 1794.
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