Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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STORY, n. Also storey, storee, storrie, stori- and in comb. stori-wirm, storey-worm, the grub of the crane-fly or daddy-longlegs, Tipula (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., storey-worm, 1914 Angus Gl., stori; I.Sc., Cai. 1971). [′store] Sh. 1773  Diary Rev. J. Mill (S.H.S.) 39:
Supposing the seed to have been destroyed by the Story worm.
Cai. 1795  J. Sinclair Agric. N. Highl. 193:
The Storee, which destroy the young plants of barley and oats, by cutting the roots below the ground.
Sh. 1895  Trans. Highl. Soc. VII. 396:
Corn braird injured to considerable extent by grub (locally called “storey”).
Sh. 1959  New Shetlander No. 52. 30:
Take a mossy peat, cut a cavity in it, and fill this with as many story-wirms as it will hold. Lay a stone upon it, wait for a favourable off-shore wind, and set the peat adrift on loch or sea. Every story-wirm will disappear from the infested rig.

[A variant with prothetic s-, of Torie, q.v.]

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"Story n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Apr 2019 <>



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