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FLOAMIE, n. Also flo(a)mi, fljoame, fljomie. Anything flat and broad (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1866 Edm. Gl.; Sh.10 1952), or spreading, as a paring of turf, a cloak, a scone (Sh.11 1952), a spate, of water, or fig. of words (Sh.13 1952); a broad piece of arable ground (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), flomi, 1914 Angus Gl., floami); a large flake (Id.; Sh.10 1952). Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 592:
A odia floamie o' barkit skean benon apo da boddim [of a pair of trousers].
Sh. 1897  Shet. News (7 Aug.):
Da wye 'at dat sheep wis haandl'd, an' da fljomies o' skin at wis flaed aff o' dem wi yon gogers o' shears.
Sh. 1928  Shetland Times (3 March):
I wis gotten oot a muckel floamie o' heddercows.
Sh. 1949  New Shetlander (Mar. — Apr.) 9:
His father wanted him and his tools at once to help shift an enormous rock that had been uncovered in da ley floamie.

[Ad. Norw. dial. flaum, flom, a flood, an inundation, O.N. flaumr, an eddy.]

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"Floamie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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