Definitions

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  • n. The thick, voluminous, and shiny soil turned over by a plow.

Etymologies

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Coined by Gerard Manley Hopkins in his 1877 (published posthumously in 1918) poem The Windhover ; perhaps from French sillon ("furrow").

Examples

  • No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion

    Hopkins, Wells, Music and Communication

  • Whether you are going to go the way of the plow, polished by constant rubbing through the soil (sillion) or the more dramatic and probably painful embers cracking open to reveal their glowing interior beneath the ashy outsides, breaking up is hard to do.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion

    The Windhover

  • No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah, my dear,

    Coming back to The Windhover

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