Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
QUILE, n.2 Also quyle, quille; kwile, kwyle. See also s.v. Coal, n. [kwəil] A live coal, a glowing ember of coal, peat, wood, etc., a red-hot cinder (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 137; ne.Sc. 1967).
Abd. 1867 A. Allardyce Goodwife xxxix.:
Ryaak forrat noo yer firey quiles. Abd. 1902 E.D.D.:
Quyle is always of glowing coals of fire (whether peat or wood, etc.), while coal unignited or only blazing is cl. Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 94:
Ye mith gies a heelie o' cheese, an' some o' ye 'ull maybe gie't a roast on the quiles. Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 52:
Her face wis like a quile, as she glowert owre at Geordie. Abd. 1961 Abd. Press & Jnl. (8 April):
Shove the pot well into the side of the peat-fire, pile some hot peat “quilles” on top of the lid.
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