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GELLOCK, n.2 The earwig (Gall. 1825 Jam.; Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 348; s.Ayr., Kcb., Dmf. 1954). Also †gelloch (Ayr., Dmf. 1825 Jam.), †gewlick (Rxb. Ib.), gailick, gelick (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.), gaylock (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), gallic(k), gellog (Uls. 1931 North. Whig (5 Dec.) 13, Uls.4 1954), gelleck (Kcb.10 1954). Cf. Golach. Also applied to various species of beetle resembling the earwig. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 220:
It [gellock] is lobster shaped, about an inch long, of a black colour, inclosed in a hard rind. They bite savage-like, and their bite is attended always with a little poison.
Gall. 1824 Cantrip Rhyme in Id. 114:
Yallow puddocks champit sma', Spiders ten, and gellocks twa.
Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders v.:
The two old ladies stood up together, as you have seen the sentries of a line of geese picking worms and gellecks (little beetles like earwigs) on the sand.

[Reduced forms of Gavelock. n.2 (cf. the previous word).]

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