Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SKIVE, v.2 To shave, pare, slice off a thin layer (ne.Sc., Ags., em.Sc.(b), Lnk. 1970); to whittle a piece of wood (Ork. 1929 Marw.). Derivs. skivalt, a thin layer, esp. of skin (Id.), skiverek, a thin piece of turf pared off the top of a peat-bank in preparation for cutting the peats (Sh. 1962). [skɑev]

[Also in Eng. technical usage of paring leather. Norw. skiva, O.N. skífa, to pare, shave. Cf. the cognate Shive.]

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