Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

RUSHYROO, n. Also -raw (Peb. 1935, Per. 1968). The shrew, Sorex araneus. Sc. 1941  Scots Mag. (April) 23:
His own dialect word for a shrew — “a rushyroo”.

[One of the many corruptions, e.g. in Eng. dial. artish(r)ew, hardishrew, harvest-row, nursrow, etc., of Mid.Eng. erdshrew, earth-shrew. The y is an epenthetic vowel [ɪ] developed between sh and r. See Sh.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Rushyroo n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Dec 2018 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
Browse Down