MEANING: verb tr.: To clear land by burning turf, stubble, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Devonshire, a county in SW England. It’s not clear how the place came to be associated with the clearing of land. Earliest documented use: 1607.

DEVONSHORE - the portion of the English Channel running roughly from Plymouth to Weymouth

DEVON SHIRT - Didn't you know there's a substantial haberdashery industry in SW England?

DEMON'S HIRE - Satan is now paying the idle hands to do his mischief