Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WHARVE, v. Also wharv; que(e)rve (Sh. 1903 E.D.D.). tr. To turn over, specif. to turn over mown grass with a rake (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1974). [ʍɑrv; kwɛrv] Sh. 1866  Edm. Gl.:
After the grass has been mown and spread out to dry, it is again raked into long separate strips in order to prevent its drying too quickly, and the consequent loss of its nutritious qualities; this process is termed to “queerve it.”
Sh. 1898  “Junda” Klingrahool 22:
Hit wharves da waar an sturs da saand.

[Norw. dial. kverva, O.N. hverfa, to turn something. For the phonology see Q, letter, 1., W. letter, 7. (2) (ii).]

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