Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BERK, n. and v. See Bark, n.1 [bɛrk]
(1) “Skin on the surface of a liquid, esp. on boiled milk, also on sowans and porridge” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).
(2) “A covering of clouds in the sky” (Ib.).
2. v. Of clouds: to gather; of the sky: to be overcast.Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Sh.4 1934:
De sky is berket ower.
ppl.adj. berket, “having a crust on the top, as stale oil, milk, etc.; covered all over with clouds, as the sky” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.).[O.N. börkr, dat. berki, bark of trees.]
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