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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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Skink, Skynk, n. [MDu. schenke or MLG schinke shin, hough, ham. Also in the later dialect.]

1. A soup made from boiled shin of beef. 1602 Reg. Privy C. VI 452.
To thair denner thay sal have … ane dische of bruise and ane uther of skink or kaill
1608 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III 520.
The said Andro sall cover ane tabill in the hall of the said College and sall serve thame in broois skink sodden beif and muttoun
1650 Kennedy Aberd. Ann. II 391.
Beef, six tailȝies, … viz. three to the high table, one to the second table, and two for skink
Urquhart Jewel 279.
The godly officers … in their … sesquihoral graces upon a dish of skink and leg of mutton
a1700 Watson's Coll. i 10.
And there will be meal-kail and castocks And skink to sup till you rive
proverb. a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1706) 261.
A spoonful of skitter spoils a pot full of skink

b. attrib. 1541–2 Linlithgow B. Ct. 8 March.
His arschip guddis … except ane ox ane ko ane veddir and ane skynk pott
1574 Edinb. Test. III 34b.
Ane beif pot ane skink pot ane bruis pot of bras
c1575 Balfour Pract. 235.
Ane skink-plait

2. Skink-hoche, shin of beef. 1631 Buccleuch Household Bk. 25 Sept.
For a skinke hoche

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