Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CAOCHAN, n. Cf. Keechan.
1. “A small stream flowing across moorland and boggy ground with its channel concealed by heather and other moor vegetation” (Cai., Inv. (Badenoch) 1929 (per Cai.8); e.Rs.1 1935).
2. “A small stream or narrow burn flowing in the open, usually with some force of water and some noise” (Cai., Inv. (Badenoch) 1929 (per Cai.8)).
‡3. “Fermented worts. The word is still current in the district, but is being superseded by the word Pook” (Arg.1 1929).
Arg. c.1850 The Follinash in L. M'Innes Dial. of S. Kintyre (1936) 30:
Dohl a' Voomper had a brewing In Kilmaschenachan Glen And of foreshot strong and caochan too A greedy squeep has taen.
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