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CAUR, CARR, Ca'r, Caar, Cahr, Caure, Kawr, Calves (w.Sc. 1808 Jam., caure); known to Abd. and Ags. correspondents 1938. For sing. forms, see Ca, n.4 and v.3 [kɑ:r Sc., but m.Sc. + k:r] Mry.(D) 1824  J. Cock Hamespun Lays 120:
Nae sporting ca'r upo' the lee, Nae rising stock that's comin' tee.
Bnff. 1787  W. Taylor Sc. Poems 71:
Whan left alane, she cleant the house, Pat on a bra' fire i' the chimly, Than milkt the Kye an' fed the Kawr.
Bnff. 1930 2 :
Drive oot the caar into their parkie.
Abd. 1917  C. Murray Sough o' War (1918) 21:
The wifie was thrang wi' the coggin' o' caur, An' makin' new cheese an' the yirnin' o't.
Bch.(D) 1934  P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (March) 128:
She's awa ta milk the cahr wi' a muckle pail.
Ags. 1934 1 :
It's time to tak' in the carr.

Comb.: caur-cake, “a pancake made with ‘beastie milk,' i.e. the milk of a newly calved cow” (Ayr.4 1928).

[O.Sc. cair, 1577, car(e), kair(es),, calves (D.O.S.T.); reduced from calver, late O.E. calfur (O.E. calfru, cealfru), pl. of calf.]

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"Caur n. pl.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Feb 2019 <>



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