Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BIRTEK, BIRTI, Birten, n. (See quot.) Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
Birtek and birti, (1) sea-term (tabu-name) for fire; sometimes birten . . . (2) fig., bright spot; enlivenment, dis is a b[irtek].

[O.N. birta, birti, clearness; light; shining; brightness (Jak.). The en of birten is the post-positive def. art. surviving in Sh. dial. from Scand. speech.]

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"Birtek n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Dec 2018 <>



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