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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWAAR, n.3 Also swar; squaar (Cai.). A swath, the amount of grass or corn cut at one stroke of a scythe (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), swar; Sh., Cai. 1971). [Sh. swɑ: r; Cai. skwɑ: r]Sh. 1966 New Shetlander No. 79. 10:
Whin Faedir Time'll tak his sye, an lay da hidmist swaar!
Sh. 1970 New Shetlander No. 92. 29:
Fat bees dat flit fae swaar ta swaar.

[Appar. a reduced form of Swarth, q.v. For sq-, cf.S, letter, 3.]

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