Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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EAR-SKY, n. A part of the plough jutting out obliquely backwards, on the right side, a little above the sky (a small board used in the construction of the plough) (Ork. 1814 J. Shirreff Agric. Ork. 51). The form erskäi is given for both Ork. and Sh. by Jak. Ork. 1825  Jam.2 (s.v. sky):
There are two ear-skies, which with the sky, supply the place of the mould-board in ploughs of a better construction.

[? O.N. *arðr-skið, plough-board; the first element as in arðr-jarn, plough-iron; for second, see Sky, n.]

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"Ear-sky n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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