Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ESSCOCK, n.2 An inflamed pimple on the face or any part of the body (Abd. 1825 Jam.2; Bnff.2 1944). Also escockle, and (by wrong division of indef. art.) nescock (w.Sc. 1741 A. McDonald Galick Vocab. 25). Ags. 1895 (per Abd.27):
More than 50 years ago people I came in contact with never spoke of a boil. It was always escockle.

[See P.L.D. § 143 and Arsecockle, id.]

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