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CUDDIE, CUDDIN, Cuddan, Cudden, Cuddain, Cuddy, Cweed(ie), Cudding, Kweed, n.1

1. A young coalfish, Pollachius virens (Ork. 1806 P. Neill Tour Ork. and Sh. 39, cuddin, 1866 Edm. Gl., cuddie, c.1920 J. McWilliam W.-L., cuddin; Cai.1 c.1920, cuddin; Cai.8 1934, cuddain; Inv. 1948 (per Abd.27); ne.Sc. 1903 G. Sim Vertebrate Fauna of Dee 238, cuddy; Mry.1 1925, cuddie (Hope., Burg.), cweed(ie), kweed (Find.); Fif.10 1941, cuddie; Arg.1 1941, cuddie, cuddan; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., cudden). Cf. Coothin, Cuithe. [′kʌdi, ′kʌdən Sc., but ne.Sc. + ′kwid(i)] Sc. 1791 T. Newte Tour Eng. and Scot. 272:
There is store of cuddies and sayth . . . laid up for us in Tigh-a-barra.
Cai. 1928 Letter to Editor in Gsw. Herald (8 Oct.) 11/5:
Blockies, peltags, and cuddings are usually to be had.
w.Sc. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XVI. 149:
Syes under one year are called cuddies.
Arg. 1932 (per Arg.1):
Wan day I was gaun doon the quay a wee fella ask't me uf I wad gang doon below the skeigs tae catch cuddies.

2. The fishing for coalfish. Cai. 1930 Caithness Forum in John o' Groat Jnl. (16 May):
I herded two summers in Freswick with a kind old farmer who used to take me out to the cuddin's.

[Cf. Gael. cudaig, cudainn, id. (MacBain).]

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