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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HELLEK, n. Also helyack, hellyik (E.D.D.), heljack (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.); hejllik (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.); heilig, heilik, heelik. The simple form hell(y)a is common in place-names. [′hɛl(j)ək]

1. A large flat smooth rock or stone, sloping down to the seashore, which sometimes forms a natural quay (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928)); a coastline made up of such rocks (Sh. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.); a large boulder in gen.Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 4:
I'm been up an' doon ower dis heilik, an' roond aboot dis banks, fir da last tretty year o' my life.
Ib. 161:
He knew every stack and heilig, every “gio” and landing-place around the Ness.

2. Combs.: †(1) ta(a)hella, -ek (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), -heelik, -hejlla (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), a flat stone laid along the eaves of a house to keep out the rain or hold rafters in place [Norw. tag, O.N. þak, thatch, roof]; †(2) ufsahella, -ek, id. (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)) [Norw. dial. ufs, eaves].(1) Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 125:
Noo, what du's da boarn fule duu bit reck up an' mitten a taa heelik aff o' da waa-hed.

3. Phr.: a hellek o' frost, a thin sheet of ice on the ground (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

[Norw. dial., O.N. hella, a flat stone, tableland of rock + -ek, Sh. suff.]

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"Hellek n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 2 Jun 2023 <>



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