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thwaite

/θweɪt/
noun (in place names)
1.
a piece of land cleared from forest or reclaimed from wasteland
Word Origin
from Old Norse thveit paddock
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  • The house on the hill before us, above fields sloping to the flats, is the thwaite house.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • My mouth's watering so for that thwaite currant jelly, you can't think.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • thwaite addressed them briefly: Men, theres the devils own sweet row up the north, and its moving down to us.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • I'm always looking at the thwaite, and thinking how nice it is that you are there.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • "I have been sorry, Mr. thwaite, to hear of your father's death," said the poet.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • "Really Mr. thwaite, I cannot say that they have," said Mr. Goffe.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • thwaite has had three hours to prepare, and hes bound to have wakened the south.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Where would mamma have been,—and I,—had there been no Mr. thwaite to comfort us?

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • The attorney went on to say that Mr. thwaite might put it in that way if he pleased.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • Do you think that you could like your associates if you were to be married to Mr. thwaite?

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
Word Origin and History for thwaite
n.

"cleared land," 1620s, from Old Norse or Old Danish þveit "a clearing, meadow, paddock," literally "cutting, cut-piece" (related to Old English þwitan "to cut, cut off"). Always a rare word and now obsolete, but frequently encountered in place names, but "It is unclear whether the base meaning was 'something cut off, detached piece of land,' or 'something cut down, felled tree' ..." [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].

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