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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GLAAB, n. Also glab. “An opening between hills or between isles through which a distant object may be seen” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., glaab); “an opening; a space, esp. a cleft; hollow; small dale” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Preceded by the def. art.: “any object on a hill defined against the sky” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., glaab). [glɑ: b]Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Used in fishermen's tabu-lang. at sea, “he mak's i' de glab,” in finding a fishing-ground out at sea by watching their landmarks: it (the hill) is appearing in the opening (the dale, gap, cleft).

[Norw. dial. glap, hollow, space, Sw. dial. glap, crack, opening.]

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"Glaab n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <>



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