Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
LOOM, n.2 Also lum (Jak.); lomen (Ork. 1806 P. Neill Tour 53); and ne.Sc. forms leam, leem (see P.L.D. § 128). Dim. loomie. [lu:m, ne.Sc. li:m]
1. The red-throated diver or rain-goose, Colymbus stellatus, or the great northern diver, Colymbus immer (Bnff. 1848 Zoologist VI. 2295; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Ork., Abd. 1961). Now adopted in Eng. Comb. loomashon, -gen, -ghin [′lumɑtʃən], a small loch where the bird breeds, common as an Ork. place-name.
ne.Sc. 1862 Fraser's Mag. (Feb.) 156:
I've seen them [Eskimo boats] dancin' thro' the jabble … as skeely as a loom or a deuk. ne.Sc. 1880 J. Skelton Crookit Meg viii.:
“There's a leam fishing in St. Catherine's Dub”, he would say, pointing to a deep gash in the rocks. I.Sc. 1883 J. R. Tudor Ork. and Sh. 659:
Small tarns or lochs amongst the hills, supposed to be so called from being the breeding-places of the Looms or Rain-geese. Ork. 1891 Buckley & Harvie-Brown Fauna Ork. 38, 261:
Besides the lochs there are a number of much smaller ones, locally called “Loom-a-shons, or Loom-a-gens.” … We … found a nest containing two eggs on the edge of one of the “brulochans,” or, as they term them in Orkney, “Loomagens.” Ork. 1915 Old-Lore Misc. VIII. iv. 177:
The Loomie, Raingoose, or the Red-throated Diver (colymbus septentrionalis) is a bird of considerable interest … The lochs frequented by them were named Loomaghins.
2. The common guillemot, Uria aalge (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1951 Sh. Folk-Bk. II. 30), appar. by confusion with lomwee s.v. Longie.[Norw. dial. lom, O.N. lómr, = 1. Loomashon is from O.N.* lóma-tjrn, the loom-tarn or loch. The variant form loon also applied to 1. is Eng. The form lomen appears to be the Norw. word with the suff. art.]
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Loom n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Jun 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/loom_n2>
Try an Advanced Search