Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CUSHAT, Cushet, Cusha, n. Also reduced forms cushie, cooshie, cushey. Also used attrib. [′kʌʃə(t), ′kʌʃi, ′kuʃi]
1. The ring-dove or wood-pigeon, Columba palumbus (Mry. 1844 G. Gordon Fauna of Mry. in Zoologist (Feb.), cushat; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., cusha, cushie). Known to Bnff.2 and Abd.9 (cushie), Ags.2 1941; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 241; Fif.10 (cushie), Slg.3 (cushie, cushet), Edb.1, Arg.1, Kcb.9 1941.
Sc. 1810 Scott L. of the Lake (1821) iii. ii.:
In answer coo'd the cushat dove Her notes of peace, and rest, and love. Ags. 1820 A. Balfour Poems 324:
The cushat nae langer is heard to complain. Edb. 1864 A. Logan Auld Reekie Musings 80:
The cushet loves the woody dell. Ayr. 1790 Burns Elegy on Capt. Matthew Henderson (Cent. ed.) iv.:
Mourn, ilka grove the cushat kens!
2. Comb.: cushie-doo (dou, dow, dove), cooshie-, cushey-, cusha-, (1) = 1. above; also used attrib. Gen. (exc. I.) Sc.; (2) used as a term of affection (Bnff.2 1941).
(1) Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 71:
Sids doon thrippence, an' yersel' cooin' like a cooshie-doo; it blecks a'. Bwk. c.1887 R. M. Calder in Minstrelsy of the Merse (ed. Crockett 1893) 259:
. . . the young cusha doo that had ventured Oot the nest afore it could flee. wm.Sc. 1835–37 Laird of Logan II. 132:
Up the stair we scrambled like twa cats after a cushey-dou or a mealy mouse. Kcb. 1895 S. R. Crockett Men of the Moss-Hags iii.:
A voice that was as soft as that of a cushie dove. w.Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 126:
I wad judge she's past the cooin', cushie-doo stage, an' will sensibly consider this chance o' a guid doon-settin'. (2) Lnk. 1881 A. Wardrop J. Mathison's Courtship, etc. 12:
O' Kirsty, jist say that you'll be mine, my bonnie hen, my darlin' lamb, my ain wee cushie doo!
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