Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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1. A spot, a blot; a patch of ground, etc., different from its surroundings. Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; 1914 Angus Gl.; Sh.7 1935:
“A mouldy blett” black muddy soil at the head of a bay, or the mouth of a burn.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Dirty spot on cloth, dirty bletts.
Ib.; 1914 Angus Gl.:
“A green b[lett],” a grass-grown plot on a stretch of heather and . . . “a steni b[lett],” a stony plot of ground.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
“A b[lett] o' oo (wool)” lying on the grass; a “b[lett] o' ware,” patch of seaweed on grass.

2. Used derisively. Ib.:
“Great bletts o' feet”; a “great b[lett] o' a plate, boat, etc.”

3. Of snow: a large flake. Ib.:
Great bletts o' snaa on the window.

[“In Sh. the form for 3 is bladds, which Jak. places along with Swed. dial. bladda, 1, a smudge; 2, big drop of rain or flake of snow. Prob. in all three senses the Ork. word is the Icel. blettr, a blot, stain, spot” (Marw.). See also etym. note to Bladd.]

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