Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BUTTERMILK, n. In phr. and comb.

1. Phr.: buttermilk-an-meal, “a bowl of buttermilk with a generous spread of oatmeal on the top” (Abd.4 1931). Also known to Bnff.2, Abd.19 1937.

2. Comb.: buttermilk gled (see quot.). Phs. the hen-harrier, Circus cyaneus. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 104:
A bird of the falcon tribe; it is of a cream colour, of the size of the common kite. . . . No burd o' prey gives a clocken hen a greater glocken than the buttermilk gled.

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"Buttermilk n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 Sep 2021 <>



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