Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CHAW, n.3 A marble (see quot.). Sc. 1867 in Scotsman (15 Dec. 1937):
At a game of “bools” (i.e., “marbles”), the term “chaw” — sometimes “ta” — was used for the bool used by the players as distinct from all the other bools won or lost, which were in the ring as a pool.

[Prob. a variant of Taw; for interchange of ch and t, cf. Chauve, v., and taave (see Tyauve).]

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