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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BOWL, v.1 “To boil, the pron[unciation] of Fife, and perhaps of some other counties “ (Fif. 1825 Jam.2). [bʌul]Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 19:
Bowlt neeps, carrots, cabbage runts, an' rotten eggs, heaved at 'm.

Hence bowler, “a kettle, q[uasi] a boiler “ (Ib.).

[Fif.10 (1935) has not heard this pronunciation, but cf. bowsterous (s.v. Bousterous) for boisterous. D.O.S.T. gives boul, idem.]

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