Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BLEATER, n. “The cock snipe” (Slk. 1825 Jam.2), Capella gallinago. [′blitər] Kcb. 1814  W. Nicholson Tales, etc. (1828) 73;
9 :
The bleater coursed aboon the bog.

[So called from the bleating note of both male and female heard during the breeding season. Cf. Blitter, n.1]

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