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BEARDIE, Bairdie, n.2 A name given to the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, and sometimes to the loach, Cobitis barbatula. [′birdi, ′berdi]

1. The three-spined stickleback. Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
Beardie. The three-spined stickleback. It has the name Beardie for the same reason for which it receives its Eng. name, because of the sharp prickles about its head.
Sc. 1828 Blackwood's Mag. (Sept.) 274:
In mute . . . hope of some time or other catching a minnow or a beardie.
Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Sc. Verses and Sangs 109:
The haun o' maraudin' skule wean Never kittled the wame o' the wee whiskered bairdie.
Ayr. 1879 R. Adamson Lays of Leisure Hours 49:
The burns we catched the beardies in.
Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 418:
A boy durstna try tae grup a beardie for fear o' the jail.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.

2. The loach. Lnk. 1825 Jam.2:
Beardie. A loche, Cobitis fluviatilis barbatula.

Comb.: beardie-lotch(ie), -letchie, -loochie, -lorchie, †-lowie. The loach. Lth. 1825 Jam.2:
Beardie-lotch, evidently from the six small fibres or beards on its upper mandible.
Rxb. 1908 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 76/1:
A favourite pastime with many was “gumping” for “baggies,” “beardie-letchies,” and trout, when the water was low.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 51:
Beardie-loochie, -lorchie, -lotchie and †beardie-lowie, the loach.

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