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CUITHE, COOTH, COUTH, Cuith, Kuithe, Keuth(e), Cuth, Queethe, n. Applied to the coalfish, Pollachius virens, from one to three years old, i.e. before it is fully grown (Ork. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 VII. 453, cuth, 1808 Jam., cuth, cooth, 1845 Stat. Acc.2 XV. 220, keuth, 1879 Jam.5, couth, 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. (1922) 152, keuthe, cuithe; Ork.1 1941). Cf. Coothin, Cuddie, n.1, Kød. [køð Sh. (Jak.); køð, kuð Ork.; kwið Bnff.] Ork. 1936  S.C. in Scotsman (7 March) 17:
In the evening he will paddle about the geo catching cuithes and sillocks.
Ork. 1806  P. Neill Tour Ork. and Sh. 209:
The year-old coal-fish is the cooth of Orkney.
Ork. 1908  J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 320:
We's no be greedy, gin we cinna get a steul, we's pit ap wi' a peerie creepie — half a cuith's better nor nae fish.
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
After the kuithe (piltock) stage, it is called a kuithin and ultimately a saithe.
Bnff. 1872  W. Philip It 'ill a' come Richt 65:
One day Willie Lorimer, Jack Train, and I came hither to fish for “queethes” on the rocks.
Bnff. 1930 2 :
The loons were aa bizzy catchin queethes at the peynt o' the pier.

[Norw. dial. kôd, fry, young fish, esp. the fry of the coalfish, Mod.Icel. kôð, the young of plaice (Torp).]

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