Definition of shewel
: scarecrow; especially : one made of feathers tied to a string
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Origin and Etymology of shewel
back-formation from Middle English sheules, sheweles; akin to Middle Low German schūwelse scarecrow, Middle High German schiusel scarecrow, Old High German sciuhen to scare off, Old English scēoh shy — more at shy
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