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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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Snark, n. [? Cf. Jam. snark (1882, Ayr.), mod. Eng. snark (once, 1901) to grumble, fret, later Sc. dial. and mod. Eng. snark, snork to snore.] A pejorative term the precise sense of which is unclear. — a1585 Polwart Flyt. 782 (T).
Sillie snark, lene raik, rak ane aik with the hinging

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