Etymology
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sharn (n.)

"dung of cattle, manure," a word surviving in Scottish English, Middle English sharn, from Old English scearn "dung, muck," from Proto-Germanic *skarnom- (source also of Old Frisian skern, Old Norse skarn, Danish skarn), a past participle form from root *sker- (1) "to cut." Compare sharn-bug (Old English scearnbudda) "dung beetle;" sharny-faced (1620s); Scottish Sharnie "a name given to the person who cleans a cow-house" [Jamieson].

updated on August 06, 2022

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