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E'ENSHANKS, n. An afternoon or early evening meal (s.Sc. 1887 Jam.6). Cf. Antrum and Fowerhoors, id. [′inʃɑŋks] Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 232:
Your minnie burdies ye maun lae, Ten to my nocket I maun hae, Ten to my e'enshanks. . . .
Ib. 193:
E'enshanks . . . was that food our ancestors took about five o'clock in the evening, now designated by the title of four-hours.

[From E'en, evening + *shank, after Du., L.Ger. schenken, to pour out; cf. Mid.Eng. shench, O.E. scnc, a draught, scncan, to give to drink, and the last syllable of nuncheon, Mid.Eng. none schench, lunch.]

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