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SPINK, n.1 Dim. spinky, -ie. [spɪŋk]

1. A name applied to various flowers. Most commonly used of the cuckoo flower, lady's smock, Cardamine pratensis (Bwk. 1853 G. Johnston Botany E. Borders 33, also bog-spink); the common primrose, Primula vulgaris (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., em.Sc. (a), w.Lth. 1971); the garden polyanthus, Primula elatior (Clc. 1886 B. & H. Plant Names 447); the maiden pink, Dianthus deltoides (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Edb. 1886 B. & H. Plant Names 447); the common cowslip, Primula verna (Ags. 1952). Also used variously in Eng. dial. Combs. May spink, see Mey, 1. (15), spinkie den, a flowery dell. Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 156:
Or can our flow'rs at ten hours bell The Gowan or the Spink excel?
m.Lth. 1788  J. Macauly Poems 120:
A garlan' o' braw spinks an' crawfeet made.
Abd. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 1:
His chackit plaid the speckl't spink outvies.
Sc. 1814  J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. II. 67:
Polyanthuses, which last, the cottagers often name spinks.
Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry 9:
Witchbells, dear daffodillies, Kingcups and spinks.
Per. 1889  T. Edwards Strathearn Lyrics 27:
I kissed the spink and daffodil, A' in their goud attire.
e.Lth. 1905  J. Lumsden Croonings 287:
Foxgloves, bluebells, thimmels, an' spinks.
Abd. 1922  G. P. Dunbar Whiff o' Doric 24:
He kent the lythest neukie where the spinkies first would blaw.
Abd. 1958  Abd. Press & Jnl. (13 March):
A spinkie-den with burn and playing bairns and new greenery.
Kcd. 1965  Dundee Courier (17 May):
Gathering “spinkies” on the grassy slopes of the cliffs between Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle.

2. Fig. applied to attractive persons in the bloom of youth. Fif. 1806  A. Douglas Poems 24:
I'll wager 'tis that bloomin' spink, The charmin' Mary Pirie.
Sc. 1812  The Scotchman 67:
May thae delightfu spinks neer be skaithed.
Slk. 1824  Blackwood's Mag. (March) 299:
This spink of a mountain damsel.
Clc. 1852  G. P. Boyd Misc. Poems 24:
'Deed, my bit spinks, ye needna wonder, I speak sound truth.

[Appar. a variant of Pink, n.1, with prothetic s.]

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