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shelty

[shel-tee] /ˈʃɛl ti/
noun, plural shelties. Informal.
Also, sheltie.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; shelt (< Old Norse hjaltr native of Shetland) + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for sheltie

sheltie

/ˈʃɛltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
another name for Shetland pony, Shetland sheepdog
Word Origin
C17: probably from Orkney dialect sjalti, from Old Norse Hjalti Shetlander, from Hjaltland Shetland
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Word Origin and History for sheltie

Sheltie

n.

"small pony," 1640s, "Shetland pony," from Shelty, abbreviation of Sheltand, metathesis of Shetland. Or the word may represent the Orkney pronunciation of Old Norse Hjalti "Shetlander."

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