Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BOSS, n.1 “The wooden structure round which a stack is built, called in some districts centre posts, or fauss-hoose [q.v.]” (Abd.16 1935). Known also to Bnff.4 1926, Ags.1, Lnk.3 1935. (See also quots.) [bɔs]
Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Gen. Report on Agric. in Scot. I. 225:
There is another invention, supposed to be peculiar to Scotland, called Bosses, which, either with the cast-metal or stone pillars, and frames placed on their tops, are admirably calculated for harvesting corn. Lth. 1855 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 721:
Bosses, the frame of wood on corn staddle. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Boss. An upright frame of wood on a stack-stand.
Comb.: boskill, boss-kill, boss-kiln, “stack-funnel” (Abd.2 1935; nw., s.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).
Rxb. 1825 Jam.2:
Boskill. An opening in the middle of a stack of corn, made by pieces of wood fastened at the top.
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