Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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EASWAS, Also eesewas, ease-waas, eize wa's, eiz-waaz, -wa's. The top of the walls of a house on which the rafters rest; the inner angle between the level top of a wall and the sloping edge of an unlined roof, often serving as a shelf (Rs. (Avoch) 1911 (per Mry.2), easwas; Cai. 1916 T.S.D.C. II., easwas; Cai. correspondents 1949). [′i:zwɑz, ′eizwɑz] Cai. 1900  E.D.D.:
In the old small country houses which were rarely cumsiled or beam-filled, the eizwa's served for storing away small articles not much in use.
Cai. 1907  D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 65:
The benlins are placed on the loops of the simmans a foot or so above the “eize wa's” (eaves).

[n.Sc. forms of Eng. eaves-walls. Cf. Aisywaas and Easin(s).]

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