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Schakar, n. Also: schaker, schacar, shaker, s(c)haiker. [Late ME and e.m.E. schakare (Prompt. Parv.); S(c)hake v.]

1. One who shakes (something). Only in Hal(l)and-schaiker, q.v.

2. pl. An ornamentation or trimming, composed of thin plates of metal, attached to or suspended from a garment or head-dress, and intended to vibrate with the movements of the wearer.Also, once, attached to a bed or bed-covering. 1506 Treas. Acc. III 313.
For xv goldin skinnis to stomois for thaim, and schakaris and bordouris to the tailes
1513 Doug. v vii 8.
The pryce … a bul, and al hys hed Of goldyn schakaris [Sm. schacaris] and roys garlandis red Buskyt full weil
Ib. ix x 88. 15.. Clar. i 27.
He [sc. Clariodus] schynit … With goldin schaikeris abone his plumes greine
1569 Inv. Q. Mary 186.
Ane coit of blew reid and quheit tauffateis hingand full of schakaris … ane howd of blew reid and quheit tauffateis with schakaris
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 49 (Wr.).
1650 Cramond Presb. Fordyce 22.
[Ministers to] refraine from tockens of lightness in their apparell, such as shaikers at the knees

b. transf. Vibrating drops of dew. 1513 Doug. xii Prol. 131.
And syluer schakaris gan fra levys hyng, With crystal sprayngis on the verdour ȝyng
a1550 Tayis Bank 21.
With schakeris of the schene dew schour

c. In Doug., rendering L. bractea. 1513 Doug. vi iii 102.
Siklyke was of this gold the figur brycht, That burgionyt fayr on the rank akis hycht. Evir as the branch for pypand wynd reboundit, The goldin schakeris ratlis and resoundit

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