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DEOCHANDORUS, n. Also deoch an doras, dochan doris, douchandorus, doch-an-dorrach, -och, deuchandorach, -dorish, -a-dorris, deughandoresh. A stirrup-cup. Also used in Ir. Gen.Sc. [′d(j)ɔx(ə)n-′do:rəs] Sc. 1827 Scott Two Drovers i.:
Some thrust out their snuff-mulls for the parting pinch — others tendered the doch-an-dorrach, or parting-cup.
Mry. 1919 J. S. Sutherland in North. Scot:
Some drouthy billies tak a tour Roon a' the bars o' Forres, An' bide beyond th' allotted oor To hae a dochan doris.
Gsw. 1898 D. Willox Poems and Sk. 221:
Ring the bell, an' we'll hae a “douchan-dorus” before we go.
Dmf. [1777] J. Mayne Siller Gun (1836) 128:
And drink, wi' heart-endearing glee, A deochandorus!

[Gael. deoch an doruis, lit. = a door-drink, from deoch, a drink, and dorus, a door. The word occurs in Sc. from c.1666 (see Sc. N. and Q. (Jan. 1935) p. 2).]

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