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HEMLIN, n. Also hemling (Ork. 1957), hemlock (Ork. 1929 Marw.) and †helmin. A sheepmark used by Ork. shepherds, made by removing a semi-circular piece from one of the ears (Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 110, 1929 Marw.). Cf.Forehelman. [′hɛmlɪn] Ork. 1813 Old-Lore Misc. IV. i. 5:
A helmin before and one behind on the left lug, a hole in the right and a bit before, and a skirt in the right nose.
Ork. 1827 Ib. I. v. 164:
Robt. Balantine, Gossaquoy, crop on right lug, a bit behint on right lug and a hemling before on the left.

[Met. form of Norw. helming, O.N. helmingr, a half part. Cf. Half, n., 4.]

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