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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BAAKIE, BAKI, BAUKIE, n. Also baagie (Sh., Arg. 1990s), bakie (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). The greater black-backed gull, Larus marinus, or the razor-bill, Alca torda. [′bɑ:ki (Marw.)]Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Sh. Fireside Tales (1892) 4:
Like a sleepin baukie on a rudderie skerrie?
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Baki. (1) = bagi, black-backed gull (N.Sh.); occas. (2) auk, [razor-bill] alca torda (S.Sh.). The auk is called baki, because it has a black back, while its belly and breast are white.
Sh. 1992 Bobby Tulloch A Guide to Shetland's Breeding Birds 54:
Great Black-Backed Gull
(Larus marinus)
Shet: Swaabie or Baagie.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Baakie. 1. the great black-backed gull. . . . 2. The razor-bill. . . . In each case the bird is characterised by a sharp contrast between the black back and white breast.
Ork. 1995 Orcadian 30 Mar 4:
Suddenly, he spotted a "big black-backit baakie" swoop down on the nest, and swallow the entire brood before he could intervene.

[See Baagie,n.]

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