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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEEVL, n. Also feivl, fivel, fivl(a) (Jak.). A light fall or thin covering of snow (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; 1908 Jak. (1928); 1914 Angus Gl.; Sh.10 1951).Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 39:
Just as much as can give to the ground a weird, silver-grey appearance is called a “fivla o' snaa”.

[Met. forms of O.N. fǫl(va), thin sprinkling of snow. Cf. Faer. felv, id. The vowel change is unexplained.]

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