Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BULLAX, BULLAS, BILLAX, n. An axe. Also used attrib. Cf. Bill-aix. [′bʌlɑs Mry.; ′bʌlɑks Bnff.; ′bɪlɑks Wgt.] Mry. 1913  R. Cairns in Kenilworth Mag. II. iii. 54:
A boy at a farm drew my attention to a bullas and its name, while the father pooh-poohed the name though not denying its use.
Bnff. 1928 7 :
Lat's see the bullax there, laddie, till I split up this block.
Wgt. 1804  R. Couper Poems II. 86:
Syne flourishin' his billax sheen, He coost his coat and ran.

Comb.: bullax-vricht, “a clumsy, unskilful wright” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 218).

[O.Sc. bul(l)ax, bulle aix, a hatchet (D.O.S.T.); Dan. Buløkse, O.N. bol-øx, wood-axe, from bolr, tree-trunk (Zoëga).]

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