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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SHAVNESHI, n. A Sh. fisherman's taboo-name for a cat (Sh. 1915 Shetland News (21 Oct.), 1958 Ib. (30 Dec.) 4). [′ʃɑvnɛʃi]

[Appar. from shav, Sh. form of Chaw, to chew. The exact formation is uncertain.]

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