Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KENMARK, n. Also kennmark (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)) and erron. kent or kenned mark. A distinguishing mark, a mark of ownership on an animal, a brand (Cai., Abd. 1959). Also fig. Cf. Eng. dial. kensmark. Bnff. 1852  A. Harper Solitary Hours 48:
When they of deeds heroic tell, Each leader's ken-mark to note well.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin iv.:
An' hoo did ye come by that kenned mark? [xxx.: kent mark.]
Abd. 1885  J. Bulloch George Jamesone 112:
It needs no such kenmark.
Abd. 1942 9 :
The sheep were a' stampit on the horns wi' their owner's kenmark.

[Ken, v., + mark. Cf. O.N. kennimark, Du. kenmark, a mark.]

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