Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GLUVABANE, n. Also gluvibe(e)n. “A bone between the joints of the thigh-bone” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., gluviben, Sh.10 1954, -been). Jak. has klovaben, “a small, round bone, with a socket at the top, between the thigh-bone and the shin-bone of an animal.”

[It is uncertain from the definitions exactly which bone is being referred to. The first element is appar. ad. O.N. ktof, klofi, a cleft, or a reduced form of cluiven (Sc. pa.p. of cleave) + Bane, been. Cf. also note to Cluif.]

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"Gluvabane n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 Jun 2021 <>



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