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AIT, Yit, Ate, n.2 Oat. Gen. in pl., aits = oats. [et Sc.; e1t Ags.; jɪt + ɛ s.Sc.; jət em.Sc.(b); jet sm.Sc.; ɛt + I.Sc.]

1. n. Sc. 1814  Scott Waverley xxxix. 174:
“A fine harvest, apparently,” continued Waverley. . . “Ay, the aits will be got bravely in.”
Abd.(D) 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 32:
Aw've bocht a quarter o' that new ait 'at ye hear sic a lot aboot.
em.Sc.(a) 1894  I. Maclaren Bonnie Brier Bush 61:
That's a fine pucklie aits.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 5:
Thof to the weet my ripen'd aits had fawn . . . To this I cou'd hae said, “I carena by.”
Ayr. 1786  Burns Scotch Drink iii.:
Let husky Wheat the haughs adorn, And Aits set up their awnie horn.
Rxb. 1826  A. Scott Poems 106:
Farmers for the coming crap To saw the yits begin.
Uls. 1929 2 :
Aits, oats.

2. Phrase: To get his (etc.) aits, to get one's deserts. Abd. 1824  G. Smith Douglas 12:
His clourin' brow he sets, Macksna', says he, since Douglas gat his aits.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 37:
Siclike in Robinhood debates, Whan twa chiels hae a pingle; E'en-now some couli gets his aits, An' dirt wi' words they mingle.

3. Combs.: (1) Ait bannocks, -bannos. See Bannocks.

(2) Ait-breed, oatcakes. Mry. 1925 1 :
Ait-breed, cakes of oatmeal.

(3) Ait-cake. Sc. 1819  Scott Bride of Lamm. (1830) xviii.:
Cresses or water-purpie, and a bit ait-cake, can serve the master for breakfast as weel as Caleb. [Ed. 1819: oat-cake.]

(4) Ait-farle, a division (properly a quarter) of a round oatcake. (Also attrib.) Rnf. 1790  A. Wilson Poems 91:
Two pints of well-boilt solid sowins, Wi' whauks o' gude ait-far'le cowins.

(5) Ait-jannock, thick oatmeal bannock. Sc. 1818  Scott Rob Roy xiv.:
But Mattie gae us baith a drap skimmed milk, and ane o' her thick ait jannocks, that was as wat and raw as a divot.

(6) Ait meal. n. and adj. Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xx.:
“Jenny, what meal is in the girnel?” “Four bows o' aitmeal, twa bows o' bear, and twa bows o' pease.”
Rxb. a.1860  J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) 100:
It was impossible for her to think o' you needing twa yitmeal breakfasts ony mair than hersel'.

(7) Ait-parritch, oatmeal porridge. Rnf. 1788  E. Picken Poems 63:
O' meals ait-parritch was the best, Or stowins, e'en right poorly drest.

(8) Ait-seed, (a) seed of the oat, (b) the sowing of oats, (c) the season when oats are sown. (a) Abd.(D) 1915  H. Beaton At the Back o' Benachie 16:
Gin the ate seed be a' intae th' grun'.
(b) Abd.(D) 1882  W. Alexander Life Among my Ain Folk 35:
Weel, man, gin ye war throu wi' the hurry o' the ait-seed, ye maun jist tak' twa days' leasure, and lat me win to see them.
(c) Fif. 1894  W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin iv. 33:
“Hoo auld is the beastie?” “Farryt at the beginnin' o' the ait-seed.”

(9) Ait-skeiters (see quot.). Cf. Bear-skeiters. Mry. 1886  Britten and Holland Eng. Plant Names 8:
Ait-skeiters, Angelica sylvestris, L. . . . Anglicè, oat-shooters; children shoot oats through the hollow stems as peas are shot through a pea-shooter.

(10) Ait-strae, oat-straw. Sc. 1874  verses quot. in Notes and Q. (1915, 17 Apr.):
Give me a pickle ait strae, And sell your wind for siller.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 23:
Atestrae, Oatenstraw.

(11) Wild aits, “bearded oat-grass S[cotland]. Avena fatua, Linn.” (Jam.2).

(12) Yit-stalk, oat-stalk. Bwk. c.1830  W. Brockie in Minstr. of the Merse (ed. Crockett 1893) 170:
Ye never blew a plane-tree whussel Or a green yit-stalk pipe.

[From O.E. āte. O.Sc. has ait(t)is.]

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"Ait n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 11 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/ait_n2>

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