from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a spade for cutting turf or peat, consisting of an iron flat-bladed head and a long wooden shaft

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spade for cutting turf or digging trenches.


Irish sleán, sleaghán. (Wiktionary)



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  • "They miss, too, the wooden turf carts that lie weathered and rain-pocked at the side of the road. They miss the angle of the slanes, leaning up against the carts."
    - "Transatlantic" by Colum McCann, p 103of the April 16, 2012 issue of the New Yorker

    April 18, 2012