Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GABLO, n. Also gablow. “Any insect of the beetle kind; more spec. a black beetle about an inch or so in length” (Ork. 1929 Marw.), “common among the peat-stacks and gen. out of doors, about half an inch or more in length” (Ork. 1900 E.D.D.). [′gɑ:blo] Ork. 1903  G. Marwick Old Roman Plough (1936) 4:
It makes no difference what a man eats or drinks if his “benn end” (heart) is clear of “forkies, moosewabs and gablows.”

[A variant of Gavelock, n.2, q.v.]

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