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CORONACH, Coronoch, n. A lament for the dead, a dirge, either sung or played on the bagpipes. Now included in Eng. dicts. See also Cronach. [′kɔrənəx] Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary (1818) xxvi.:
The coronach was cried in ae day, from the mouth of the Tay to the Buck of the Cabrach.
n.Sc. c.1730 E. Burt Letters North Scot. (1754) II. 210:
The upper Class hire Women to moan and lament at the Funeral of their nearest Relations. . . . This Part of the Ceremony is called a Coronoch.
Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-head and Trotters 184:
Had I kent this at the time I got the lounder, I sid hae garr'd ye pipe yer ain coronach.

[O.Sc. corenoch, coronoch, id., 1530 (D.O.S.T.). Gael. corranach, Irish coránach, loud weeping, from co, together, ràn-ach, a cry (MacBain).]

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