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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HOLLAND, adj. Also Hollan; †Hollund; Hollin (Slk. 1824 Hogg Tales (1874) 518).

Sc. attrib. usages: 1. Hollan bools, Dutch marbles, of striped or variegated pattern, greatly prized by boys (Sc. 1887 Jam.). Also Hollan's —; 2. Holland duck, the scaup, Nyroca marila (Ags. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 159); 3. Holland hawk, (1) the great northern diver, Colymbus immer (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Sc. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 213; Uls. a.1908 Traynor); (2) the red-throated diver, Colymbus stellatus (Uls. Ib.); 4. holland sand, fine sand used for blotting purposes.1. Sc. 1846 Whistle Binkie 109:
Grannie! Mysie's ta'en my ba' . . . And flung my Hollan's bools awa'.
3. Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 198:
She [a wherry] . . . took the sea like a hollan' hawk.
4. Per. 1738 Ochtertyre Ho. Booke (S.H.S.) 186:
For hollund sand . . . . 0 0 2.

[The form hollan(d)s may represent the Du. adj. hollandsch.]

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"Holland adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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