Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BLADD, Blaid, n.

1. A very large raindrop. Gen. in pl. Cf. Blaud, v., Blaud, n.2, 1, and Blad, n.1 Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
He's [the weather is] layin' bladds upo de windeg [“window”], de same as [“as if”] it wis [“was” = had] been snaw.

2. In pl. “a disease like small-pox” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). Sc. 1711 Flyting in J. Watson Choice Collection (1869) iii. 13:
With the Blaids and the Belly-thraw. [Occurs in original ed.(a.1585) (S.T.S.), with spelling blads.]

[Cf. Sw. dial. bladda, (a) a lump of dirt, (b) large, fast-falling raindrops and great, wet flakes of snow (Jak.). O.Sc. has blad, blaud, a lump, a fragment (D.O.S.T.). See also Bladdy, unsettled (of weather).]

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