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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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FLICHT, n.2, v.2 [Sc. flɪçt. Bwk. flɛçt]
I. n. A flake, a small speck, of soot, dust, snow or the like, a mote in the eye (Rxb. 1825 Jam., 1923 Watson W.-B.; Bwk. 1952); anything small, e.g. an insect. Cf. Eng. dial. flight, a light fall of snow.Lnk. 1877 W. McHutchison Poems 87:
But you, ye flicht [a flea], Afore we get yae button loose Ye're out o' sicht.Lnk. 1881 D. Thomson Musings 28:
Bitter frosty win's did blaw, Mix'd here an' there wi' flichts o' snaw.
II. v. 1. To fall in flakes, as snow. Only in vbl.n. flichan, -en, -in, flighen (Lth., Dmf. 1825 Jam.), flechan; flechin (Sc. 1825 Jam.), flaichin, floichen, -an, †fleghing, a flake of snow, any small light particle or speck, as of meal, fluff, soot, chaff (Fif., Bwk., Kcb., Dmf. 1951), or flax tow (Ags. 1825 Jam., fleghing); anything very small, an atom (Dmf. 1825 Jam.); a small, light person (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 206; Kcb.9 1937). Hence ppl.adj. flichtened, flecked, sprinkled. Pa.t. ¶flach (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.). Ayr. 1821 Scots Mag. (April) 352:
What's the reason that the beucks whilk hae Scotch charicters are sae muckle tane tent o', whan them that hae nane fa' unsocht for like a floichen o' snaw on a red het aizle.Per. 1872 Per. Constitutional (1 April):
It flew up the lum just like a flichan o' pob.Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 278:
Plants growin' in the sky, an' tumlin' like flaichins o' snaw.Ayr. 1879 J. White Jottings 263:
Owre weel does he ken the flechans o' meal, That a lassie maun use for her coggie.Dmf. 1891 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 83:
A “flichen” on the grate or the tongs falling foretells the coming of visitors.Per. 1893 Harp of Per. (ed. Ford) 385:
The frost is nippin' shairp and keen, The hill-taps a' are flichten'd grey.Kcb. 1905 Gallovidian VII. No. 25. 28:
There were flichins o' snaw settling doon gey uneasily on Jamie's big braid hat.Sc. 1935 W. Soutar Poems in Scots 32:
As yont the hill the floichans flew Mair snell the yammerin' blufferts blew.Gsw. 1999 Suhayl Saadi in Moira Burgess and Donny O'Rourke New Writing Scotland 17: Friends and Kangaroos 139:
Heich above him rose the great dark bulk ae the beinn, its shooders so sheer that no snaw, no even a flichan wis able tae cling tae the hard rock-face.
2. tr. To cover or smudge with flakes, smuts, etc. (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 52).[Mid.Eng. flyghte, a flake, of snow, phs. from *O.E.fliht (cogn. with Flaucht, n.1, v.1, q.v.), but prob. confused with Mid. and Mod.Eng. flight, from fly.]
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