Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLIPSHEAR, CLIPSHEER, n. An earwig (Fif.10, Lnl.1, Lnk.3 1937). [′klɪpʃir] Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin xxx .:
“Ou, it's maybe no a flech ava,” quoth I, turnin' roond to compose mysel' to sleep again, “it's maybe a clipsheer.”
Edb. 1928 A. D. Mackie Poems in Two Tongues 27:
And for a' the worms and the clipshears raikin' aboot They've peace o' their banes.

[So called from the appearance of its forceps-like appendages.]

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