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DUTCH, adj. Sc. usages.

1. Used substantivally = tobacco. Sh. 1896  J. Hunter Da Last Foy 3:
Dey drew in der shairs ta da fire, an' lighted der pipes o' Dutch.
Sh. 1897  Shet. News (28 Aug.):
I shot da pockie wi da Dutch i' William's haand.

2. In combs.: (1) Dutch admiral, ?Dutch agrimony; †(2) Dutch plaise, the plaice, Pleuronectes platessa; (3) Dutch ropes, two ropes (or one rope doubled) used in skipping (Ags., Ayr.8 1951); also called double Dutch (Ork.5 1951); †(4) Dutch splay, a flat seam, only one side of which is sewn down (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. splay); cf. Dodgel-hem; †(5) Dutch weight, the same as Scots Troy weight, see s.v. Scots, and cf. Lord Swinton Weights and Measures (1779) 39. (1) Arg. 1901  N. Munro Shoes of Fortune 19:
Her apple-ringie and Dutch Admiral, jonquils, gilly-flowers . . . throve marvellously.
(2) m.Lth. 1808  P. Neill List of Fishes in Wernerian Nat. Hist. Soc. Memoirs (1811) 536:
Plaise . . . is one of the most common of our flat-fish. When small, they are called fleuks; when large, Dutch plaise.

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"Dutch adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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