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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CEUL, Ku(i)l, n. In comb. ca(u)ld ceul, a puff of wind; also simply kuil, kul, “slight breeze” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), kul; Ork. 1929 Marw., kuil); extended also to the accompanying motion of the clouds in the sky. [køl]Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 55:
Sheu sookit every ca'ld ceul oot o' wurs [sails] ap under her pettico'ts.
Ork.(D) 1904 Dennison Orcad. Sk. 1:
The sun was bright, an' no' a cauld ceul on de sky.

[O.N. kul, a breeze, Norw. kul, idem (Falk and Torp).]

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"Ceul n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Mar 2023 <>



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