Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GREEK, n.2 Daybreak (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Ork. 1929 Marw.), the first glimmer of daylight. Also of twilight. Also greke (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl.), grik (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), griek (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), and vbl.n. gre(y)kin(g), id. (Sibbald). Cf. Creek. [gri:k] Fif. 1844  J. Jack St. Monance 17:
Nae fear, Rob — come ye back i' the greek o' the gloamin,.
Sc. 1875  J. Veitch Tweed 139:
Ere greyking of the misty morn.
Sc.(E) 1928  J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 8:
She thocht he'd fair mista'en the day To see him up at grekin gray.

[O.Sc. has gre(i)king, from 1513, Mid.Eng. grikinge, a.1300, Mid.Du. griekinge, variant of grakinge, dawn, of which greek is a back formation.]

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