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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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STINKLE, n. Also -el, steinkle (Sh. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 9), stenkel (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), stancle (Sh. 1899 Shetland News 14 Jan.); stinkie-buil (Ork. 1929 Marw.); stinklin (Sh. 1951 Sh. Folk Bk. II. 33, Sh. 1971). The wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 215, 1914 Angus Gl., 1951 Sh. Folk Bk. II. 33, Sh. 1971). The definition “stone-chat” by Jam. and others is meant to apply to this bird which is also called stane-chat (see Stane, I. 2. (8)). [Sh. ′stɪŋkl(in); Ork. ′stɪŋkibøl]Sh. 1957 New Shetlander No. 45. 23:
A stinkel flytes an dooks upon a ston.
Sh. 1992 Bobby Tulloch A Guide to Shetland's Breeding Birds 70:
(Oenanthe oenanthe)
shet: Stinkle or Steynshakker

[Reduced or altered forms of Norw. dial. steindolp, id., which has also many variants -delp, -dylp, -gulk, -gulp. Cf. also Icel. steindepill, id. All are combs. of stein, stone. Cf. stone-chat.]

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