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Schele, S(c)heil(l, v.1 Also: s(c)hiel(d; schaill; schill, schyll; schell. [ME and e.m.E. shale (Trevisa), schale (c1420), schyll(yn (Prompt. Parv.), shaell (c1518), shyll (c1522), shell (1562), sheal (Shakespeare), sheele (1612), scheele (1681), OE scilian, scylian, ascelian (MED), ultim. f. as S(c)hell n. Also in the later dial.]

1. tr. To separate the seed from husks, pods, etc.; to remove the husks from the grain; to shell. Chiefly in p.p. (a) Tha payand ȝerly … half beir half meil, the meil twise schelit; 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I 182.
Meile twyis schelit gud fyne; 1478 Acta Aud. 62/1.
Ordeanit to sie the ferme cleine sheilit; 1634 Urie Baron Ct. 74.
That ilk freeman hereintill sall have no power to scheill quheat at the flour mill within this burgh, but twa birne quheat at ane scheilling; c1634 Aberd. Trades 218.
2 furlits pies shield; 1709 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 75.
(b) The sys delyveris that … na corne be schaillit; 1534 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 20 March.
(c) Quhite meile weill schillit; 1550 Breadalbane Coll. MS No. 73.
The myllar of Waus myln to schyll and grynd the haill cornis [etc.] … mvltir fre; 1568 Waus Corr. 44.
(d) Quhansoewer ony of the … cornis beis grindand the pickiman schelland the meill to thame; 1615 Urie Baron Ct. 15.

2. absol. or intr. To shell grain. Gif ony of the mylneis of the lordschip happineis throw drouth in summer or in frost that they may nocht gang nowther to scheill nor grind; 1586 (1607) Melrose Reg. Rec. I 56.
To punische … the mylearts that grinds or schields [on Sundays]; 1599 Ellon Presb. 26.

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