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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KAAV(IE), v., n. Also kaavi (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), kav(a), kavi (Jak.). [′ka:vi]

I. v. Of snow: to fall heavily and in drifts (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., kaav, 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1959).Sh. 1931 Shetland Times (14 March) 7:
Da snaa an' hail kaavie'n is tik is da pea-soup.

II. n. A heavy fall of snow, a blizzard (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., Sh. 1959). Cf. Cavaburd, Moor cavie. Also occas. of heavy, driving rain (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).Sh.3 1939:
He's juist a proper kaavie.

[Norw. dial. kave, a heavy snowfall, a shower of rain, O.N. kafa-(fjúk), a thick fall of snow. Cf. Cave, v.1, Kav.]

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