Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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†CUMLIN, n. “Any animal that attaches itself to a person or place of its own accord” (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Hence cumlin-cat, “one that takes up its residence in a house spontaneously” (Ib.).[Cf. arch. and dial. Eng. comeling, a newcomer.]
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