Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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POACH, n.2 Also potch. The armed bullhead or pogge, Agonus cataphractus (Ags. 1966). Cf. sea-poacher, id., s.v. Sea. Fif. 1718  Burgess Ticket Buckhaven 1:
To use the wand for slaying and killing of Fishes, such as Podleys and Potches.
Ags. 1904  J. M. Campbell Notes on Bell Rock 12:
Amongst the numerous aliases by which the “Poach” is known are the following — Bullhead, Hardhead, Cobbler, Shoemaker, Gunflucker, Comper, and Johnny Mainland.
Ags. 1942  Scots Mag. (Nov.) 107:
Between “dooks” we searched under the grey slimy rocks for partans, or caught poach in the pools.
Sc. 1952  Scots Mag. (Feb.) 358:
As for the “poach” — it is so fascinatingly ugly that I have seen many a visitor completely spellbound.

[Orig. obscure. A variant -proach is found in luckyproach, see Luckie.]

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