Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PICKIE, n. Also picky. The young of the coalfish or saithe, Gadus virens (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Ayr. 1965), any small fry of fish. Also in forms pickock (Patterson). picken, id. Cf. Picker, n., 6. Ags. 1901  Chambers's Jnl. (26 Oct.) 753:
Large shoals of young saithe, sillocks, pickens, . . . continually infested the reef.
Ags. 1952  Scots Mag. (Feb.) 358:
There are others — “monks” and “inks,” “greybacks,” “poodlies and pickens” and “congers.”

[Ad. Gael. piocach, id., with phs. local variants in -an, -og.]

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"Pickie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 10 Dec 2018 <>



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