Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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BUTTON, n. Sc. usage: a sheep-mark made by pinching the skin on the nose into a knob and tying it round the base with a thread. Ork. 1733  Studies in Folk Life (1969) 227:
Ane Hembling before in the Left and a Cruck behind with ane button on the Nose.
Ork. 1827  Old-Lore Misc. I. v. 164:
Andw. Flett in Sorpol, hole in both lugs and button on the face.

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"Button n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2019 <>



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