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PLUCKER, n. Also plukker, -ir.

1. The father-lasher, Cottus scorpius (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 176, 1899 Evans and Buckley Fauna Shet. 218; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), plukker, 1932 J. M. Saxby Trad. Lore 202; Sh., Cai. 1966); 2. the angler or fishing frog, Lophius piscatorius (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), plukker, 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1966). Also great plukker, id. (Jak.). Phr. as mad as a plucker (Cai. 1966). Sh. 1886  J. Burgess Sketches 72:
Arty sed somethin' ta Willie aboot a plucker smokin' a strae, an' dan they baith lookit at Aandrew an' lauched.
Sh. 1901  T. P. Olason Mareel 63:
Hit wis on record at da highest lift fir da past twa seasons wis seeven sillocks an' a plucker.
Sh. 1958  :
Children would catch pluckers and lay them on a peat with a piece of straw in their mouth. The fish's breath came out as steam and they said it was smoking.

[Appar. agent n. from pluck, from the toothy or spiky appearance of the fish. Cf. Gunplucker.]

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