Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DRAABELLY, DRAWBELLI(E), n. Also drabelli, -berri (Jak.). One of the holes between the timbers and keel of a boat for allowing the draining off of water (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., drawbellie, 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., -belli; Ork. 1929 Marw.). Gen. in pl. [′drɑ:bɛli]

[Prob. draw, to drain off water, + belly.]

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"Draabelly n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2019 <>



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