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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Knoking-stane, -staine, -stone, n. Also: knockingstone. [Knoking vbl. n. (3) and (4): as in the later dial.] a. A stone with a hollow or depression in which barley was placed for ‘knocking’ (Knok v. 3 b). b. A flat stone on which linen cloth or washing was ‘knocked’ (Knok v. 3 a). 1586 St. A. Test. II. 68.
Ane knoking stane, ane mell, price iii s. iiij d.
1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 92 b.
Ane kitching buird and ane knoking stane
1627 Bamff Chart. 210.
Beginand at the south at the burne at that pairt thairof quhair ane knoking staine standis
1635 Perth Chron. 34.
They knokit malt in knoking stones
1655 Sc. Ant. IV. 161.
When she was sitting upon the knocking stone niding yearn
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 365.
Ane baik house table … , a knocking stone with a mell

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