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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COCKALOORIE, Kockaloorie, Cockieloorie, Kokkeluri, n. The daisy, Bellis perennis; “sometimes called ‘de piri (the little) kokkeluri' in contrast to ‘de mukkel (the big) kokkeluri,' ox-eye daisy (Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum)” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Confined to Shet. [′kɔkə′luri]Sh.(D) 1877 G. Stewart Sh. Fireside Tales (1892) 245:
Twa bonnie red cheeks, as pure as da under side o' a cockieloorie.
Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 71:
An sün her peerie winkie haands O cockaloories bricht wis fu.
Sh.(D) 1931 Saga in Shet. Times (14 March) 7:
See ye yun muckle rig ower yundir, . . . wi da Scots aits growin athin him and da kockaloories at da fit o'm.

[For first element, cf. Norw. kokul, cluster, Sw. dial. kokkel, lump, cogn. Norw. kongul, cluster of berries, etc., kongla, fir-cone (Torp). For second element, see note to Crabalurie.]

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"Cockaloorie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2024 <>



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