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BÖL, BØL, BUIL, BÜol, BÜll, Bul, n.4, v.3 [bøl]

1. n.

(1) “A sheepfold, a byre” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. s.v. buil); “sheep-fold; enclosure” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928) s.v. bøl). Sh.(D) 1877  G. Stewart Sh. Fireside Tales (1892) 97:
An' hungry sheep in snawed-up büols.
Sh.(D) 1898  “Junda” Echoes from Klingrahool 25:
An da horses croppin da lubba [coarse grass], An da böls whaar da gimmers lie.
Sh.(D) 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 127:
“Shü'll [a sheep] hae a corne o' a warmer büll da night, eemage,” Sibbie said.

(2) “One of the divisions or stalls in a stable” (Ork. 1866 Edm. Gl.). Ork. 1929  Marw.:
The horse wad no let him enter the b[uil].

(3) A home. Sh. 1932  J. M. E. Saxby Sh. Trad. Lore 117:
“Yaw, yaw, mak de bul, but do'll no keen wha will hae him afore lang.” (Yes, yes, you make a home, but you never know who will hold it after you.)

2. v.

(1) “To drive cattle, sheep or horses to a certain resting place” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. s.v. buil; 1908 Jak. (1928); Ork. 1929 Marw.). Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
To b[øl] de kye.

(2) Of animals: to rest in a certain place. Of people: to shelter, hide.   Ib.:
De sheep bøls in sicc a place.
Sh.(D) 1931  “Saga” in Sh. Times (14 March) 7:
Bit howld du on a meenit, boy, we'll juist bül wis here laek twa gjimmirs ta wi see whit laek shö is i' da brak, da moarn.

[O.N. ból, a lair or lying-place for beasts (Zoëga); cf. Icel. bœla, to prepare a resting-place for animals, Fær. bøla, idem (Torp).]

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