A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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(Skelf,) Skelv(e, n.2 [? Du. schelf a scale, flake or splinter of wood. Also in the later Sc. and north. Irish dialects.] A splinter, a sharp fragment of wood, stone or metal. — Few or nane of souldiours that cam fourth of Dynan bot they wer hurt other with skelves of stanes be the force of our battery, or wer brunt with the fyre brandis; Melville Mem. 24.
The King Hendre 2 being hurt in the head with the skelv of a spair … at the triumphall justin of his dochters mariage; Melville Mem. 84.

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