Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SYTHE, v., n.1 Also seith, sieth, scythe. [sɑeð]
I. v. To strain, esp. milk, through a sieve, to filter (Lnk. 1825 Jam.; Per. 1972); to sift in gen. Also in Eng. dial.
Sc. 1756 M. Calderwood Journey (M.C.) 146:
So soon as it is milked, they sieth it into a brass veshell tinned within. Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 14:
He lost a but the grit bits scythed through his teeth [of one vomiting]. Dmb. 1809 Farmer's Mag. 250:
Each cow's milk is seithed into a dish of wood.
II. n. A (milk-)strainer, a filter (Per. 1972). Also in Eng. dial.
Sc. 1808 E. Hamilton Glenburnie ix.:
A hole in the milk-syth.
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