Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BACK, n.2

1. “A wooden trough for carrying fuel” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Sc. 1818  Scott Rob Roy xxviii.:
After narrowly escaping breaking my shins over a turf back and a salting tub.

2. “A wooden bowl in which dough is mixed” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).

[From Du. bak, a trough, from Fr. bac, ferry-boat, punt, also trough, mash-tub. Late Lat. bacca, “vas aquarium.” It is found in Mod.Eng. and Sc. as a technical word for a vessel used in brewing.]

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