Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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EENY, EENIE, adj. Having the appearance of eyes. [′i:ni]

1. Of coal: having bright round spots like eyes on its laminated surfaces (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 26, eenie; 1944 (per Edb.6)).

2. Of milk: rancid and therefore full of een or blobs of fat (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., eeny, obsol.). Also applied to fatty broth. s.Sc. c.1830  T. Wilkie in Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club XXIII. 82:
What she [cow] gives has the appearance of being rancid, and is called by dairy-women “eeny,” which is unfit for making into butter.
Fif. 1942 10 :
Braw het eeny kail the day, John.

[From een, pl. of Ee, n., q.v. + adj. suff. -y, -ie.]

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