Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COSFIT, Cossit, n. The starfish, Asterias vulgaris. Pl. cosfeet (Mry.1 1925), cosfits (Bnff.9 c.1927). The form cossit is given for Crm. in Dial. Avoch and Crm. (1912) 6. Abd. 1932  (per Mry.4):
In their own way these old fishermen appear to divide the family of starfishes roughly into three classes; the light coloured ones (or starfish as a whole) are known by the name of “Cosfeet.”

[Corruptions of corsfit (see Corse, n.). For dropping of r, see P.L.D. § 143.]

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"Cosfit n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



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