Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FAIRNEY-CLOOTS, n.pl. “The small horny substances above the hoofs, where the pastern of a horse lies, but said to be found only in sheep or goats” (Jam.2). See Cloot, n.3 Slk. 1822  Hogg Perils of Man III. i.:
Here's a tyke wi' cloven cloots like a gait, fairney cloots and a' thegither.

[The first element is doubtful. Phs. from a fancied resemblance to a fern.]

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