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AIK, AKE, Yik, n. The oak; the wood of the oak. Also fig. Once Gen.Sc., but now obsol. or poetical. [ek Sc.; jɛk + jk s.Sc.] Chron. order observed. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 258:
On scroggy Braes shall Akes and Ashes grow.
Sc. a.1725  O Waly, Waly, in Orpheus Cal. (1733) 71:
I leant my back unto an Aik.
Ayr. 1792  Burns O Leeze Me iii.:
On lofty aiks the cushats wail.
Sc. 1815  Scott Guy M. viii.:
There had nae been sick a sprout frae the auld aik since the death of Arthur MacDingawaie.
Sc. 1832  in A. Henderson Sc. Proverbs 85:
Little straiks fell muckle aiks.
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 75:
It didna maitter whether the kist was aik or deal.
Abd. 1913  C. Murray Hamewith 100:
Ah, then 'tis pleasant on saft mossy banks 'Neath auncient aiks to ease his wearied shanks.
Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B. 40 and 337:
Aik, ‡yik, the oak. [Aik, n. and w.Rxb., yik, ne.Rxb.]

[O.Sc. ake, aik(e), ayk. North. Mid.Eng. ake, ak. From O.E. āc.]

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