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JAURIE, n. Also jaurrie, ja(u)ry, jawry, jarie (Uls. 1904 Uls. Jnl. Archaeol. 127), jorrie, -y; jairie. An earthenware marble (see quots.) (Ags., Per., Lth., wm.Sc., Uls. 1959), and reduced forms jar(r). Also attrib. with bool (wm.Sc. 1917 H. Foulis Jimmy Swan 206). [′dʒrɪ, ′dʒɑre] Rnf. 1877 J. M. Neilson Poems 93:
Sic a pock o' bools he's won — Redies, jaries, marbles blue.
Hdg. 1886 J. P. Reid Facts and Fancies 193:
I've gat fowre bools, a peep an' a', A glassie an' a jairie.
Lnk. 1895 W. Stewart Lilts 59:
Hail, like jaury-bools, play'd rattle 'Gainst my nose an' garr'd me dance.
Arg. 1901 R. C. Maclagan Games Arg. 152:
The marbles used are generally “jaries” and “reddies”: the former of brown earthenware glazed and burned, the others of red clay and rated as of the value of two to a “jary”.
Gsw. 1931 H. S. Roberton Curdies 85:
The qualification to play [moshie] was the possession of a “jaurrie” to play with, and a “glessie” to lose, if the player happened to be defeated.
Lnk. 1951 Bulletin (15 April):
The old household hint about putting a stone jaurie in the kettle to prevent “furring”.

[For jaurie bool, from an attrib. use of jaur, Eng. jar, as made of the same material, + Ie, adj. suff.]

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