Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HJAD(A), n. Also pl. deriv. forms hja(u)dins, hjodens. The carcase of an animal, applied (esp. in pl.) to the body of a sheep discovered out-of-doors in a partly decomposed state after dying a natural death and being attacked by birds of prey (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); hence, a miserable bony animal (Ib.). [′hjɑ:də, -ɪnz] Sh. 1897  Shetland News (22 May):
Arty sood 'a' gotten da hjaudins o' him ta mak' tatie soap apon.
Sh. 1899  Ib. (29 April):
He's [a raven] awa ta feast apo' da hjodens o' som' o' da sheep 'at cam' ta demsels last ook.

[Orig. doubtful. ? Cf. Norw. dial. forms jøta, høtu, eta, åta, bait for animals of prey, O.N. áta, food, carrion, carcase.]

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