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skerry

[sker-ee] /ˈskɛr i/
noun, plural skerries. Chiefly Scot.
1.
a small, rocky island.
2.
a coastline with a series of such islands offshore.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; Shetland dial. skerri a rock in the sea < Old Norse sker (genitive plural skerja) rock or reef (in the sea). See scar2
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British Dictionary definitions for skerries

skerry

/ˈskɛrɪ/
noun (mainly Scot) (pl) -ries
1.
a small rocky island
2.
a reef
Word Origin
C17: Orkney dialect, from Old Norse skerscar²
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Word Origin and History for skerries

skerry

n.

"isolated rock in the sea," 1610s, from Old Norse sker, related to skera "to cut off" (see shear (v.)).

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