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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLOOR, v., n. Also glu(i)r. [glu:r]

I. v. 1. Of the sun: “to shine through a slight haze or through rifts in the clouds” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), glur, Sh.10 1954).

2. To shine in the dark, to emit a faint or phosphorescent light (Sh.10 1954).Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Een glurin i' de dark; of fish turning putrid, when hung up to dry: glurin fish, de fish glurs (is glurin) i' de dark.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 115:
“What wis doo sayin' aboot da piltiks, Sibbie,” I ax'd. “Man der gloorin' wi' mareel fil da skio is light agen.”
Sh. 1952 J. Hunter Taen wi da Trow 246:
Geen tü ir aa da aald street lamps Dat gloored sae dimly i' dir time.

II. n. 1. “Sunshine through a slight haze or through rifts in the clouds, warm sunshine after rain” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh.10 1954).

2. A faint light in the dark, a glimmer; a phosphorescent light (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., gluir, Sh.10 1954).

[Mod.Icel. glóra, to glitter, glisten, n., a faint gleam, Norw. dial. glora, id.]

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