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Shaw \Shaw\ (sh[add]), n. [OE. schawe, scha[yogh]e, thicket, grove, AS. scaga; akin to Dan. skov, Sw. skog, Icel. sk[=o]gr.]

  1. A thicket; a small wood or grove. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

    Gaillard he was as goldfinch in the shaw.

    The green shaws, the merry green woods.

  2. pl. The leaves and tops of vegetables, as of potatoes, turnips, etc. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"strip of wood forming the border of a field," 1570s, from Old English sceaga "copse," cognate with North Frisian skage "farthest edge of cultivated land," Old Norse skage "promontory," and perhaps with Old English sceaga "rough matted hair" (see shag (n.)). The Old English word also is the source of the surname Shaw (attested from late 12c.) and its related forms.


n. (label en dated) A thicket; a small wood or grove.

Shaw, MS -- U.S. city in Mississippi
Population (2000): 2312
Housing Units (2000): 785
Land area (2000): 1.110031 sq. miles (2.874967 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.110031 sq. miles (2.874967 sq. km)
FIPS code: 67000
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 33.601549 N, 90.770720 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 38773
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Shaw, MS

Shaw may refer to:

Shaw (disambiguation)
Shaw (name)

Shaw is most commonly a surname and rarely a given name. The name is of English and Scottish origin. In some cases the surname is an Americanization of a similar sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname.

In England and Scotland the name is a topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket. This name is derived from the Middle Englishschage, shage, schawe, and shawe, from the Old Englishsceaga meaning "dweller by the wood". The name can also be a habitational name derived from places named after these words. The English surname was established in Ireland in the 17th century. In Scotland and Ireland the surname can also be an English form of several surnames derived from the Gaelic personal namesitheach meaning "wolf".

Shaw (woodland)

A shaw is a strip of woodland usually between 5 and 15 metres (15 and 50 feet) wide.

Shaws commonly form boundaries between fields or line a road. They are usually composed of natural woodland (rather than being a planted avenue) and often have diverse woodland ground vegetation similar to other natural woodlands in the area. They should not be confused with hedges, even when these are made of mature trees.

Like other woodland, shaws may be managed as high forest or as coppice.

In some areas, such as the Weald of south-eastern England, shaws may be the remnants of larger woods out of which fields were cleared many centuries ago, or they may have developed from narrower hedgerows which have become unmanaged.


Usage examples of "shaw".

I was yet in England, an arrangement was made for a public discussion between me and Colonel Michael Shaw, of Bourtree Park, Ayr.

The other gentleman whose conduct left the most favorable impression of all on my mind, was Colonel Shaw, of Bourtree Park, Ayr, Scotland, of whose gentlemanly behavior and great Christian kindness I have already spoken.

Such lumbering logomachy is always injurious and oppressive to men of spirit, imagination or intellectual honour, and it has dealt very recklessly and wrongly with Bernard Shaw.

Shaw, will admit that you have been wrong in all your harsh judgments of medo not deny themand will most humbly beg my pardon without the least trace of impertinence.

She had not lost any of her angular momentum coming out of that eerie subspace that had not even seemed to exist during the millisecond when the Shaw Drive had engaged.

He and Hannibal were having supper outside the open doors of the kitchen when Shaw appeared in the passway and loafed across the yard to them, spitting to bacco as he came.

Shaw and Bannister were close associates of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused of shooting Kennedy, who was murdered by CIA contract agent Jack Ruby before he could prove that he was not the assassin who shot President Kennedy.

Wells or the shallow Fabian progressivism of writers like Bernard Shaw.

It was during those days, near the end of them, that Sproul had persuaded Loretta Schwartz to leave her husband and become Loretta Shaw, as preparation - so she supposed?

If Schwartz was going to do any killing of Sproul, it would much more probably be over Loretta Shaw.

Weigand wrote on the paper: Sproul, George Schwartz, Jean Akron, Ralph White, Burden, the Shaw girl, the L.

Those at the dinner had been the two Akrons, Schwartz, Loretta Shaw, the pompous Mr.

But they had to use the trees they had, until they got more - Schwartz and Loretta Shaw, the Akrons, Ralph White and Y.

But the holy text of the colon and semicolon is the letter written by George Bernard Shaw to T.

Bernard Shaw has found time to do no end of campaigning and even the parochial politics of a vestryman has not seemed too insignificant for his Fabian enthusiasm.