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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Shetland, Shetland Islands, Zetlandnoun

    an archipelago of about 100 islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland

  2. Shetland sheepdog, Shetland sheep dog, Shetlandnoun

    a small sheepdog resembling a collie that was developed in the Shetland Islands


  1. Shetlandnoun

    A particular breed of pony.

  2. Shetlandnoun

    A pony of this breed.

  3. Shetlandnoun

    A particular breed of sheep.

  4. Shetlandnoun

    A sheep of this breed.

  5. Shetlandnoun

    The Shetland Islands.


  1. Shetland

    Shetland, also called the Shetland Islands, is a subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies north-east of mainland Britain. The islands lie some 80 km to the northeast of Orkney and 280 km southeast of the Faroe Islands and form part of the division between the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the North Sea to the east. The total area is 1,468 km² and the population totalled 22,210 in 2009. Comprising the Shetland constituency of the Scottish Parliament, Shetland is also one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the islands' administrative centre and only burgh is Lerwick. The largest island, known simply as "Mainland", has an area of 967 km², making it the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth-largest of the British Isles. There are an additional 15 inhabited islands. The archipelago has an oceanic climate, a complex geology, a rugged coastline and many low, rolling hills. Humans have lived there since the Mesolithic period, and the earliest written references to the islands date back to Roman times. The early historic period was dominated by Scandinavian influences, especially Norway, and the islands did not become part of Scotland until the 15th century. When Shetland became part of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707, trade with northern Europe decreased. Fishing has continued to be an important aspect of the economy up to the present day. The discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s significantly boosted Shetland incomes, employment and public sector revenues.

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  1. Shetland

    or Zetland (29), a group of over 100 islands, islets, and skerries, of which 29 are inhabited, forming the northernmost county of Scotland, lying out in the Atlantic, NNE. of the Orkneys; Mainland (378 sq. m.), Fell, and Unst are the largest; the coast-line is boldly precipitous and indented, while the scenery all over the island is very grand; the soil is peaty, ill adapted to cultivation, but there is considerable rearing of stock, and the little shaggy pony is well known; fishing is the chief industry, herring, cod, ling, &c. Lerwick (q. v.) is the capital.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shetland in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shetland in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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