Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FANN, n., v. Also fan.

I. n. A drift or wreath of snow (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Ork. 1887 Jam., fan; Sh.10, Ork.5, Cai.3 1950). Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 89:
An as I daandered ower da braes, An troo da fanns o snaa.
Cai. 1891 D. Stephen Gleanings 27:
Several “fans” of snow, though deep enough, they managed to struggle through.
Cai. 1929 John o' Groat Jnl. (1 March):
Yir nae waur lek, efter warsalin' in e' fan on e' brae o' Claredon.

II. v. Of snow: to form drifts (Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh.10, Ork.5 1951). Rare.

[Norw. dial. fann, O.N. fnn, a drift.]

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