Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MAA, v., n. [mɑ:]

I. v. Of a sheep, lamb or goat: to utter its distinctive cry, to bleat, to baa (Sc. 1903 E.D.D.). Gen.Sc. Hence sheepie-maa, a child's name for a sheep (Abd. 1962). Lnk. 1886  J. Stewart Twa Elders 147:
The boys would maa and bleat (to a goat).
Lnk. 1897  J. Wright Scenes Sc. Life 28:
The lammies maain' on the hill.

II. n. The cry of a sheep, lamb or goat; a bleat, a baa (Sc. 1903 E.D.D.; Abd. 1962).

[Imit. Cf. Eng. baa. See also Mae.]

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