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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STUMBA, n. Also stomba; stumna, stimna. A dense mist or fog, a thick smoke, drizzle, cloud of dust or the like (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1971). [′stumbə]Sh. 1881 Williamson MSS.:
A steked stomba o mist.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 239:
Da wind haed dauchin'd a guid dael, an' muggled 'im inta a stumba o' weet daag.
Sh. 1900 Shetland News (23 June):
If he wid come a stimna o' mist, laek what cam' da streen.

[Cf. Norw. dial. stum(p)-myrk, pitch dark, stum(r)en, id., cogn. with Eng. stumble.]

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