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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SHURL, n. A glissade of accumulated snow from a roof after a thaw, or the noise made by this (Sc. 1911 S.D.D., Lnk. 1970). [ʃʌrl]

[Variant of n.Eng. dial. shirl, to slide, slip, skate on ice. Cf. Ger. dial. schurren, to skate, onomat. in orig., and Scurr.]

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"Shurl n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Jan 2023 <>



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