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From Middle English schore, from Old English *sċora (attested as sċor- in placenames), from Proto-Germanic *skurô (rugged rock, cliff, high rocky shore). Possibly related to Old English sċieran (to cut), which survives today as English shear. Cognate with Middle Dutch scorre (land washed by the sea), Middle Low German schor (shore, coast, headland), Middle High German schorre ("rocky crag, high rocky shore"; > German Schorre, Schorren (towering rock, crag)), and Limburgish sjaor (riverbank).