string, twine, cord, rope, yarn, strand, thread

STRING Old English streng “line, cord, thread, string of a bow or harp,” in plural “tackle, rigging; lineage, race,” from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cognates: Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang “rope, cord”), from *strang- “taut, stiff,” from PIE root *strenk- “tight, narrow.” Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of “a number of objects arranged in a line” first recorded late 15c.

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“…from the Gaelic dictionary, Dwelly, we have the word sìoman, which is the old Gaelic word for rope, this is not much recognised now. Sìoman is described as a rope of twisted straw, hay or heather and gives rise to sìomanaiche, meaning one who makes rope from hay, straw or heather.”

Doric word for string: Towe (to rhyme with cow)

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