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  • n. Alternative form of jheel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A morass; a shallow lake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See jhil.
  • n. Damage; trouble.


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  • It wasn't that kind of school, but I'm a big Sibelius fan. Karelia's well worth a visit; I do hope to get back there one day, the sooner the better.

    September 20, 2008

  • Bilby, you went to school in Karelia? Now I've got that damn theme of Sibelius lodged in my head. I bet you all had to hum that every morning at assembly, didn't you? Please say you did.

    September 19, 2008

  • I've heard a goods train crossing an iron bridge, like the log-wagons passing my school in Karelia every half hour. I took some photos, which I might get on Flickr one day, but it's the noise that still haunts me.

    September 19, 2008

  • If they're all like this, then I'd say you're absolutely right. I've never heard a goods train crossing an iron bridge, but I have heard flocks of wild geese coming up off a lake in one fluttering mass. Amazing.

    September 19, 2008

  • Yes - Orwell's descriptions of plant and bird life are relaxed and delicate yet precise.

    September 19, 2008

  • Love the description. :-)

    September 19, 2008

  • There were snipe in countless myriads, and wild geese in flocks that rose from the jeel with a roar like a goods train crossing an iron bridge.

    - George Orwell, Burmese Days

    September 19, 2008