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CLOCK, Clok, Cloke, Klok, n.2 “The generic name for the different species of beetles” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2); in Bnff. it is applied gen. to “the different species of Water-beetles” (1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 26), in Cai. and Mry. to any black beetle (Cai.1 c.1920; Mry.1 1925), and in Arg. and n.Ant. mostly to the cockroach, Blatta orientalis (Arg.1 1929; n.Ant. 1931 “Ballymoney” in North. Whig (27 Nov.)). Also in dial. use over the greater part of England. [klɔk, klok] Sc. 1737  Medical Essays and Observations IV. 368:
Great Swarms of Insects, of the Clock-kind, that come in Summer.
Sh.(D) 1898  “Junda” Echoes from Klingrahool 9:
Fan du a klok or a wiglin wirm Or a trowie buckie's marlet skurm [shell]?
Bch. 1943  W. Spence Forsyth Guff o' Waur 37:
The pile grew bigger as the weeks and months grew into years, An hotchin' was wi' gollachs, flechs and clokes.
Ags. 1921  V. Jacob Bonnie Joann, etc. 28:
E'en the wasps that bigg their bike An' clocks an' golachs, an' the like O' a' yon vairmin has their use.
Ayr. 1823  Galt R. Gilhaize II. xix.:
An auld bigging, such as our kirk was, a perfect howf of cloks and spiders.

Combs.: (1) clock-bee, a flying beetle whose wings produce a humming sound (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Abd.22 1936); see also bum-clock s.v. Bum, v.1, 6; extended in quot. to denote a grumbling, whining person; (2) clockleddy, clok-leddy, the lady-bird, Coccinella septempunctata (Kcb.1 1936). (1) Lnk. 1922  T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 65:
Or he'll clout ye there-and-then Like a big, begrut clock-bee.
(2) Ags. 1934  H. B. Cruickshank Up Noran Water 17:
Clok-leddy, clok-leddy, Flee awa' hame.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Steam-boat xii.:
Gin clockleddies and bumbees, wi' prins in their doups, be science, atweel there's an abundance o' that at the Garden of Plants.

[O.Sc. clok, clock, a beetle, from a.1550 (D.O.S.T.). Of uncertain origin, but cf. Sw. dial. klocka, a beetle, an earwig (M.E.).]

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"Clock n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/clock_n2>

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